Begho to Promote African Innovation to Global Audience in South Korea


Emma Okonji

The Chief Executive Officer of Future Software Resources Limited, Nkemdilim Begho, will join Heads of African State, Delegations of 80 member countries, international organisations, government establishments, public corporations, private businesses, and financial institutions in South Korea to tell the story of how best to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Begho will be speaking at two conferences in South Korea – KOAFEC 2018 and the African Development Bank Meeting 2018, alongside other leading voices in Africa including Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair, Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, between 21st May, 2018 to 25th at the BEXCO, Busan.

Speaking ahead of the events, Begho, a strong promoter of software in Nigeria, told newsmen that Africa has a lot of potential in embracing and leap-frogging smart infrastructure, as well as building strategic economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The KOAFEC 2018 panel discussion, according to her, would focus on how smart infrastructure can contribute to Africa’s socio-economic transformation in the areas such as energy, transportation, agriculture, sustainable environment, health, education, e-government, ICT, among others.

Panelists include: Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank, Mr. Amadou Hott; CEO, Future Software Resources Ltd, Ms. Nkemdilim Begho; Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Mr. John Tanui; Vice President for Africa and MENA, International Finance Corporation, Mr. Sérgio Pimenta, among others.

According to the software guru who is one of the leading women in ICT in Nigeria, her discussion would focus on how software and IT Consultancy service providers like Future Software Resources Limited can be involved in the development of smart infrastructure in Africa. Key talking points include: IT Consultancy Services, Development of end user applications and interfaces, Driving Digital inclusion, Inclusive Content creation and development in local languages, Digital Marketing to engage with the citizens to drive adoption rates, Capacity Development to increase skilled labour and ensure self-sustainability of the smart infrastructure, among others.

The second panel, she explained, would focus on the current status of startups in Africa and the future plans for expanding innovation and entrepreneurship on the continent.

Begho who has represented Nigeria in other global forums to tell the story of how best Nigeria could be retooled, said the key objective on the second panel would contribute to innovation that raises productivity and growth, leading to job creation and p