Nigeria to host Africa Internet Governance Forum

Nigeria is preparing to welcome representatives from 54 African nations and other continental stakeholders in internet governance to the 2023 Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF 2023) in Abuja, scheduled to take place from September 18 to 21.

The 12th edition of the annual Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF 2023) is being hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on behalf of the Federal Government.

The event is slated to be held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, with the theme “Transforming Africa’s Digital Landscape: Empowering Inclusion, Security, and Innovation.”

The Forum is poised to function as a platform facilitating significant dialogue and cooperation on Internet Governance across diverse sectors and regional initiatives. Its overarching goal is to promote digital connectivity, tackle Internet Governance issues, and drive Africa’s digital transformation forward, empowering the continent in the process.

The event will be preceded by the African Youth Internet Governance Forum, which will take place from September 13 to 18.

The AfIGF 2023, as a pivotal gathering of stakeholders and investors in Africa’s digital future, is expected to bring together key participants from government, civil society, academia, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, and a wide array of private sector actors.

The event will encompass a range of important sessions, including plenary discussions, interactive workshops, and expert panels. These sessions will delve into various topics, including Digital Inclusion and Connectivity, Cyber Security and Data Protection, Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies, e-Commerce and Digital Economy, as well as Data Governance and Trust, among others.

The event will showcase distinguished speakers, policymakers, industry experts, and thought leaders hailing from various regions in Africa and beyond.

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