Michael Freeman Israel’s Ambassador to Nigeria soothed Nigeria towards the Fulfillment of the Policy on the Creation of One Million Jobs through the Digital Economy
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– Freeman who is doubling as the Permanent Representative of Israel to ECOWAS conveyed the confidence while communicating at the authorized induction of the 3rd cohort of the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (I-FAIR) on Thursday in Abuja.
He announced Israel was amused over proposals to partner with President Bola Tinubu’s government to attain advancement through digital technology, and similarly the first two editions of the I-FAIR programme provided young Nigerians with mentorship and tools desired to take their ideas from theories to practical.
According to him, many I-FAIR graduates now have several businesses with fellow Nigerians participating to the economic growth of their fatherland, saying the third edition of I-FAIR has been officially inaugurated.
Freeman said, “This is the official launch of the 3rd I-FAIR programme; since President Tinubu was inaugurated and one of the key focuses of his inaugural policy was improving and strengthening Nigeria’s economy.
“He actually spoke specifically on a number of targets, to increase local and foreign investment in Nigeria, also to create one million jobs in the digital economy.
“Israel is the world leader in the digital economy and it is also the world leader in manufacturing investment in several other places.
“We buy into this vision and we want to partner with President Tinubu and his administration, to help create the environment for investment.
“To help create a million jobs in the digital economy and that is why we are here today because the I-FAIR programme will help to create jobs, investment, and a new generate New ration of entrepreneurial Nigerian innovators.”
He added later that such would increase job creation in the economy through understanding from the Israeli experience whereby, 45% of the GDP is established on human capital and research development.
The Ambassador interpreted I-FAIR as an initiative of Israel through a partnership with Nigeria with a statute to entrust innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, which had evolve the flagship of Israel-Nigeria programmes, since their 60 years of diplomatic relations.
Furthermore, speaking at the event, Iyinoluwa Aboyaji, Founding Partner of Future Africa, a private organization, applauded the partnership between both nations to have assisted in the improvement of youth innovation in Nigeria.
“This collaboration between Nigeria and Israel has been extremely fruitful, particularly in the area of helping us to commercialize the research and development that comes out from our University.
“Specifically, the partnership with the Innov8Hub programme, which is incredible; I am delighted with the President’s mandate for a million jobs in the digital economy.
“It is extremely an important mandate, we are not going to get there without the support and knowledge that comes from collaborative partnerships from country like Israel,” Aboyaji said.
He exhorted young people to key into the Innov8Hub programme with zeal, as an alternative to come to be successful through their innovation and skills development.
I-FAIR is a 6-month programme that gives assigned participants access to expertise, technology, mentorship, and network needed to develop products and businesses, as well as create an advanced prototype and rise to investors among other things.
Since its inception, two I-FAIR editions had been finalized with 63 Fellows and 56 products developed under 1,300 mentorship hours and 100 ideas such as Thinkbike, Soilless farm labs, QuadloopAfrica and Eco Circilat Solution swiveled into investments.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent