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UK government works with stakeholders on Nigeria start-up bill


Emma Okonji

The UK government, through its Africa Technology and Innovation Partnership Program (ATIP) and the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, has expressed its commitment to support the Nigeria Start-up Bill (NSB), which is an initiative Joint Nigeria Tech Ecosystem and Presidency. , led by the French Ministry of Communications and the Digital Economy.

The Nigeria Start-up Bill, which aims to harness the potential of the country’s digital economy through co-created regulations, will improve the policy and regulatory framework to support growth and competitiveness in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.

UK government support will help fund the engagement of relevant stakeholders across the country through public meetings and provide access to research and evidence to harness existing opportunities for start-ups and address challenges in the marketplace. current policy and regulatory framework. The bill will ensure that Nigeria’s laws and regulations for start-ups are clear and work for the ecosystem.

Collaborative efforts among relevant stakeholders in the technology ecosystem have led to the establishment of regional public meetings in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

These public meetings serve to broaden the scope and ensure that every key player across the country joins the ongoing conversation and contributes to the drafting and content of the start-up bill. The town halls will also bring together representatives of the Presidency and government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

Public meetings were held in Kaduna, Yola and Kwara states with stakeholders also able to join the session virtually. These sessions constitute the first series of discussions in the North-West, North-East and Center-North geopolitical zones, followed shortly after by the South-West, South-East and South-South zones.

Speaking on UK support, West Africa Research and Innovation Team Leader Leanne Jones said:, pushing for positive change and sustainability in the environment technological and digital. We are happy to support this process, which is supported by research and evidence of what would work to improve the enabling environment for start-ups in Nigeria. “

UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Country Director Adaeze Sokan said: “We are really excited to support this collaborative process. Nigeria has shown so much growth and potential in the start-up space and it is impressive to see both the government and this ecosystem co-creating laws that will further stimulate its growth as consensus builds confidence and responsibility which are the key ingredients necessary to make laws

job. The UK government continues to partner with the Federal Government of Nigeria to realize its vision of being a major player in ICT in Africa, through several programs, including the Partnership for Technological Innovation in Africa (ATIP), the Africa Technology Innovation Partnership (ATIP) program. UK digital access and the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub. .