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  • ***NOTN circulates approved draft market access schedule of concession on trade in goods as a basis for the ECOWAS draft schedule for AfCFTA *** NOTN initiates process of consultative engagement with stakeholders on AfCFTA Phase II negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). Stakeholders commenced with identification of negotiating priorities *** Stakeholders agree that the safeguard of the IP of Right Holders remains critical to Nigeria’s economic growth, export of Nigeria’s soft power, modernization of the economy and job creation. *** Nigeria’s delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019, in Davos, Switzerland makes strong case for the country’s economic priorities within the development policy framework of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). The delegation was led by Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister for Budget and National Planning and, Dr. Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment *** NOTN embarks on systemic digitization of its work with training of trade statisticians, negotiators & emplacement of online systems ***

NIGERIA DIGITAL ECONOMY

To accelerate growth and modernize the Nigerian economy, Nigeria is developing a digital-led growth strategy for the Nigerian economy: “The Smart Nigeria Digital Economy Project”. The objective of this project is to solve efficiency problems and create leap frog opportunities in the economy, improve competitiveness and foster technology development and innovation more generally. “The Smart Nigeria Digital Economy Project” is our response to an area of intense economic and technological activity by Nigerian youths, where there is a growing pool of talent. It is a sector of the economy where the private sector already has ownership. The role of government would therefore be to ensure a sound soft regulatory environment and hardware infrastructure to foster rapid growth of this area. E-commerce is an area of global investor confidence in Nigeria. The figures show that Nigeria is one of the leading IT markets in Africa, where there has been a rapid surge in the development of e-commerce businesses. According to Euromonitor International Market Research, e-commerce advancements have been most notable in Nigeria because of the surge in telecom investments and smartphone purchases which have fuelled growth in internet usage from 20% in 2009 to 41% in 2014. According to Euromonitor International data, Nigeria has the largest online market particularly for apparel and footwear in Africa, which is expected to grow from US$104 million in 2014 to US$1,077 million in 2019, due to the dynamic development of trusted e-tailers, Jumia and Konga. Digital economy activities are key for diversification because they are systemic. Software development solves local economic problems, with local content; expanding knowledge and education in the process and deepening integration with the global economy. The relevance of the internet economy are the spin-off benefits for the modernization and diversification of the Nigerian economy; and, solving efficiency losses. The objectives of the Smart Nigeria Project, include: