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IT News Announcement: CTO 2009 hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service Nigeria on May 11 - 15, 2009 at the MUSON Center, 8/9 Marina - Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria

The U.S. Commercial Service Nigeria will host CTO 2009 from May 11 - 15, 2009, at the MUSON Center in Lagos. The Theme of CTO 2009 is "Growing the Market Through Partnerships in Technology." The CTO exhibitions and seminars are the largest in West Africa where local companies representing or working with U.S. suppliers and manufacturers of computers, telecommunications and office equipment showcase the very best of American technology, equipment and services available in Nigeria for the sub-region.

CTO exhibitions features an all-day, special-event seminar on the first day and a four-day exhibition with private seminars, workshops, product/service launching and demonstrations.

According to promotional material from the US Commercial Service, "CTO2009 will feature an all-day seminar on May 11, focusing on the theme of "Growing the Market Through Partnerships in Technology." The exhibition and seminars are open to the public, but attendees younger than 18 years old are not permitted on the exhibit floor, except on Thursday, May 14, 2009, when college and university students are permitted to attend.

CTO seminars help policy makers, industry leaders and professionals understand global trends and to appreciate local market dynamics. They provide a unique platform for local and international experts to interact on critical issues, especially those related to technology diffusion, alliances and partnerships between firms, service delivery, market institutions, bilateral relations, and entrepreneurship. CTO 2009 will help define the path Nigeria may take to prepare its citizens for enhanced professional service delivery and to plug into the global marketplace through partnership in hardware and software technology with US firms.".

The release also stated that, "The U.S. mission in Nigeria believes that strategic partnership in technology with US firms is the most effective way to empower Nigerian professionals to play a more proactive role in the development of their country. Over the years, American firms have demonstrated that they have competitive advantage in providing specialized training, capacity building, and technology transfer in Nigeria and other emerging markets.

CTO 2009 will highlight and feature U.S. technologies, tools and services that Nigeria needs to enhance its service sector through partnership in technology. Partnerships and collaborations with US firms will enhance service delivery across the country and drive local economic development through technology diffusion and value creation. It will create trade and investment opportunities leading to growth in the quantity and quality of jobs available to Nigerians. These are foundational conditions for Nigeria to diversify its economy and to achieve its vision 2020".

For CTO 2009 registration, send your payment and one-page company profile by courier, email, or by hand delivery to Budget/Admin Assistant Dominica Nwosu, Tel: 460-3654,  Dominica.Nwosu@mail.doc.gov. For companies new to the U.S. Commercial Service, basic registration is mandatory at www.buyusa.gov/nigeria . If you require any clarification or assistance on the registration process, contact Commercial Assistant Folashade Egbayielo, Email: Folashade.Egbaiyelo@mail.doc.gov 

Organizations that wish to participate in CTO 2009 as event partners or facilitators may send an expression of interest to Senior Commercial Specialist Anayo Agu, who coordinates the event planning and manages the exhibition. Tel: 01- 460-3654 Email:  Anayo.Agu@mail.doc.gov.


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