Nigerian Science and Tech Minister keynotes W. Africa summit

13 Sep 2006

The Nigerian Federal Government's Honourable Minister of Science and Technology Professor Turner T. Isoun will open this year's West Africa Satellite Communications Summit, which will take place in Abuja, Nigeria from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

"The ministerial welcoming address will be an invaluable contribution to the summit proceedings, providing international speakers and delegates with a privileged insight into the wealth of opportunity associated with the continuing development of ICT - with particular reference to satellite - in Nigeria and its West African neighbors," said summit chair Martin Jarrold.

In addition, summit organizer Global VSAT Forum will also get expert contribution from the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), NigComSat Ltd., the West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), the Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM), and the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

Shell Nigeria, Total Nigeria, Chevron Texaco, Nigerian National Petroleum Co., Capital Alliance, Guaranty Trust Bank, Oceanic Bank, Zenith International Bank, Union Bank of Nigeria, LM Ericsson Nigeria, MTN, Cadbury Nigeria, and the Nigerian Bottling Co. have all confirmed speaking slots at the summit.

It will tackle the question: "Does broadband satellite make sense for West Africa‾"

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