Nigerian businesses are being targeted for partnerships with companies in fellow emerging market India.
A delegation of thirteen from the Asian giant’s Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council has visited the West African country with the goal of securing business ties with potential partners in the Nigerian ICT sector.
Pratap Hegde, leader of the delegation and Managing Director of Telematic4u Services Ltd, said Nigeria is a good market for ICT products and services offered by Indian companies.
He mentioned the already existing “Indo-Africa ICT Partnership”, an initiative of the Indian government and the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council through which Indian companies will harness Africa’s huge market for Indian products.
“The world today looks forward to India’s ICT products and Nigeria being our strategic partner, cannot afford to be left out. Our Council is in Nigeria to interact with Nigerian buyers of ICT products and services, as well as explore the possibilities of business cooperation and strategic alliances with them,” Hegde said.
He said the delegation is ready to partner with Nigerian dealers in making electronic devices computer hardware, IT services and IT enabled services available in Nigerian market.
“As a catalyst for the India ICT industry, our council is here to develop a new mechanism of making our products accessible and affordable to Nigerians. With the huge market in Nigeria, more and more Indian ICT companies are willing to extend their high technology solutions to Nigeria,” the leader added.
Kurma Sharma, the First Commercial Secretary at India’s High Commission in Lagos, described the visit of the Indian delegate as a means of promoting business partnership between both countries. He therefore enjoined Nigerian businesses to maximize the visit by ensuring they have adequate interactions with the Indian IT experts.
“ICT development is one new area where India’s government and its Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council are seriously looking at promoting trade relations with Nigeria,” added Sharma.