Media Foundation for West Africa to Host Public Forum on Digital Public Infrastructure in Nigeria

The West African Media Foundation will host a forum in Abuja, Nigeria, to discuss the progress, challenges, and future of digital public infrastructure, which could enhance citizen services, encourage innovation, and unlock economic potential in the digital realm.

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Media Foundation for West Africa to Host Public Forum on Digital Public Infrastructure in Nigeria

Media Foundation for West Africa to Host Public Forum on Digital Public Infrastructure in Nigeria

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) will organize a public forum in Abuja, Nigeria, on April 23, 2024, to discuss the progress, challenges, and future of digital public infrastructure (DPI) in the country. The forum will feature participation from government agencies, civil society, media, academia, and the diplomatic corps.

The event aims to increase knowledge about DPI and digital public goods, and provide actionable recommendations to make DPI adoption more inclusive, safe, and equitable. It will include a keynote statement from the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, as well as presentations from other institutions implementing DPI in Nigeria.

Why this matters: The forum comes at a critical time as Nigeria seeks to address longstanding challenges in digital identity management, payment ecosystems, and data exchange capabilities. The adoption of DPI and technologies like Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) could enhance citizen services, encourage innovation, and unlock economic potential in the digital realm.

The forum is part of MFWA's broader efforts, supported by the Co-Develop organization, to accelerate the adoption of inclusive, safe, and equitable DPI across West Africa. In 2023, MFWA hosted a DPI journalism fellowship program for 20 journalists from 10 West African countries, with the goal of growing a cadre of journalists who can produce impactful reports on DPI.

The strategic partnership between the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is a cornerstone of Nigeria's transformative DPI agenda. The integration of PKI and DPI aims to strengthen data security, enable trustworthy digital interactions, and facilitate secure and seamless data exchange across sectors.

"The adoption of PKI and DPI signifies Nigeria's commitment to enhancing citizen services, encouraging innovation, and unlocking economic potential in the digital realm," said a NITDA spokesperson. The forum will discuss how these technologies can address issues such as online transaction security, regulatory compliance, and improved coordination and information sharing among security agencies.

Key Takeaways

  • MFWA to host digital public infrastructure forum in Abuja, Nigeria on April 23, 2024.
  • Forum aims to increase knowledge and provide recommendations on inclusive, safe, and equitable DPI adoption.
  • Nigeria seeks to address challenges in digital identity, payments, and data exchange through DPI and PKI.
  • MFWA supports DPI adoption across West Africa, including a 2023 DPI journalism fellowship program.
  • Nigeria's DPI agenda focuses on integrating PKI to enhance data security and enable trustworthy digital interactions.