Group issues framework for sustainability in tech, telecoms

The Telecommunications and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG) – a multistakeholder network of corporate organisations committed to sustainability in the Telecoms and Technology sectors, in collaboration with public and private sector partners, has released a framework for engendering sustainability in the two sectors.

This was contained in the group’s first report, titled ‘A COMPENDIUM OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY POLICIES AND FRAMEWORKS IN NIGERIA,’ which can be downloaded via this link:

Founded in 2019, TTSWG’s activities involve the development of the telecoms and technology sectors through global best practices, innovation and thought leadership in business sustainability. The group’s maiden report follows from its first webinar organized on Tuesday, 17 August 2021, in collaboration with key partners. Themed: ‘Collaboration for a Resilient ICT Sector,’ the virtual event sought to proffer solutions to national issues by mobilising human and material capital available to stakeholders in the sector to ensure sustainable practices that benefit the sector and the country at large.

At the end of the webinar, the participants collectively recommended a list of actions as catalysts towards achieving resilience in the sector. In addition to the creation of a digital museum and the creation of a list/curriculum of top ICT innovations or projects that have been undertaken in Nigeria with positive impact, the group wants to design milestones for the telecoms and technology sectors for the next five years. It was also advised to make a compilation of all existing ICT policies in Nigeria and distil it into a handbook for all industry practitioners for awareness.

Furthermore, the TTSG expressed its readiness to collaborate with the Nigerian Government to address the problems of the ICT sector is too big for one stakeholder group to fight, thus cross-functional and sectoral partnership is required. The group also considered congregating critical stakeholders – youth, NGOs, organisations – together to ensure that policies are known, integrated and implemented across the sector to ensure that members get prerequisite result on their actions.

While the telecoms and technology sectors continue to be major drivers of innovation and economic development, there is also a need for these sectors to collectively promote sustainability and inclusion. Recommendations along these lines include taking gender issues such as the inclusion of the girl-child into consideration as well being a voice that will reverberate positively to the rest of the country as a national telecommunications/ICT thinktank, that will directly advise the President. Other recommendations include the creation of expert groups within the TTSWG and creating an interconnectedness between local technology and international technology.

The publication is a step by the TTSWG towards achieving some of the above recommendations, spooling together a compilation of all publicly available ICT policies within Nigeria.

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