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NITDA unveils draft national outsourcing strategy

The National Information Technology Development Agency has unveiled the draft national outsourcing strategy for Nigeria.

The draft strategy was unveiled on Thursday during an online workshop.

The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, said the strategy would ensure effective implementation of the national digital economy policy and strategy of the Federal Government.

It is said to be in line with the Nigerian National Outsourcing Policy launched in 2007.

The global business process outsourcing market is estimated to be worth $221.5bn, with a compound annual growth rate of eight per cent from 2020 to 2027.

Inuwa noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced organisations to cut cost by leveraging the benefits of outsourcing for some business processes.

According to him, the development enables the businesses to focus on core competencies.

He said, “Business process outsourcing offers services such as administration, supply chain management, sales, paralegal, marketing and customer care services.

“Players in the business compete by providing reliable and cost-effective services across industries and sectors such as government, healthcare, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications.

“NITDA embarks on this journey to accelerate digital economy and transformation targeted at creating over a million jobs in Nigeria by 2025.”

Inuwa added that the strategy was in line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, as well as the planned digitisation of government services.

The strategy focuses on seven pillars, including development of infrastructure, skill and human capital, branding and promotion, digital finance and incentives.

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