A4AI-Nigeria Coalition Meeting

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

 Sheraton Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) brings together prominent players from government, the private sector, civil society and development sectors to provide a unified voice and coordinated focus in addressing the shared goal of open, affordable and equal access to the internet in the developing world. A4AI aims to make the internet universally affordable for all who want to use it.

Since 2014, A4AI-Nigeria has been working on priority issues that must be addressed to unlock the potential for affordable, universal and equal access in Nigeria:

The overarching theme for this meeting is  Building a responsive Broadband Plan for Nigeria, towards achieving Vision 2020, the ERGP and beyond. It is open to all people interested in increasing broadband access and affordability in Nigeria, with a view to discussing key considerations including policy, regulation and innovation  needed to achieve these plans.  Nigeria adopted the “1 for 2” affordability target, committing to ensuring that Nigerians can afford at least 1G of data per month at an average of no more than 2% of average monthly GNI. While Nigeria is making steady progress in the areas of broadband strategy, universal and public access, infrastructure sharing, and spectrum management, large inequality, an estimated 86 million people in Nigeria lived in extreme poverty (less than $1.90/day) in 2013 (World Bank 2017)

The coalition remains resolute in supporting the development of a suitable policy and regulatory environment to meet this goal. Looking towards Vision 2020 and the Government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the coalition will focus on key updates and targets needed in  Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan. This meeting will offer an opportunity to engage all key stakeholders to participate in a dialogue towards an effective broadband policy.


 AGENDA

Building a responsive Broadband Plan for Nigeria: Towards achieving Vision 2020, the ERGP and beyond

 8H30 - 9H00

Arrival & Registration

 9H00 - 9:20

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Engr Ernest Ndukwe,  A4AI-Nigeria National Coordinator
  • Onica N. Makwakwa, A4AI Africa

9H20 - 9H40

Opening Remarks by Guest of Honour

Honourable Minister (TBA)

9H45 - 10:50

Nigeria Broadband Plan -  Status of targets and proposed updates

Presentations

  •      Eleanor Sarpong, A4AI Deputy Director & Policy Lead
  •      Chukwuyere Izuogu, Champion for A4AI-Nigeria Infrastructure & Open    

     Access Working Group

Lightning talk - Role of NITDA in bridging the broadband access gap in Nigeria 

National Information Technology Development Agency- Dr.  Pantami (invited)

Panel  Discussion

How these  relate to Nigeria’s Vision 2020,  the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), followed by Q&A

  • Paradigm Initiative Nigeria - CEO (invited)
  • GSMA Africa  -  Kamal Tamawa, Senior Policy Manager  
  • Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC)- Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management; Chairman Board of Commissioners (invited)
  • Ministry of Budget and Planning ( permanent Secretary)
  • Ministry of Finance (The permanent secretary)
  • Imo State - Leonard O. Ugbajah, Special Assistant, Ease of Doing Business
  • ALTON

Moderator- Eleanor Sarpong

11H00 - 11H15

Coffee Break

11H15 - 11H45

Discussions and Recommendations (Working Group Breakout Sessions)  Assessment of the updates, targets in the broadband plan and Recommendations/ proposed targets for closing the digital divide

  1. Consumer Awareness - Recommendations to bring more Nigerians online particularly on the demand side , From relevant content, digital literacy to  affordable broadband packages to effective consumer protection
  2. Infrastructure, Open Access & Spectrum - Recommendations for bridging the infrastructure gaps and connecting the unconnected,
  3. Investment and fiscal- through smart fiscal policies (including review of taxation and universal service funds in the context of 1 for 2 policy) incentives
  4. Legislative and regulatory framework - Supporting policies, regulations, laws, National/ Federal level to speed up implementation eg Right of way

11H45 - 12H30

Report back & Discussion of Recommendations

Facilitator: Eleanor Sarpong, A4AI Deputy Director & Policy Lead

12H30 - 13H30

Next Steps & Wrap Up  - Update of Action Plans for Working Groups

Facilitator: Onica N. Makwakwa & Dr. Ernest Ndukwe

13H30 - 14H30

Networking Lunch

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