By Juliet Umeh
As technology experts await the formal launch of Tech Experience Centre October I, the Global Technology Company, Microsoft, have said that it will fast-track the federal government’s ambition of digital economy.
Tech Experience Centre, an initiative of TD Africa, is a mega technology project that will see Nigeria play host to cutting-edge technologies from the biggest global brands.
Managing Director, Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso, who spoke during the media launch of the event in Lagos, described the project as a laudable one.
He also said it will project Nigeria into the tech-driven future it deserves.
Banuso equally noted that the unprecedented initiative will spur Microsoft, to show off multiple solutions for the future.
He said: ‘‘The Tech Experience Centre will play an extremely strategic role in enabling us in Nigeria to build and work with our customers to envision solutions that will move us forward to the future we require. This ought to help with showing our customers what I would call ‘The art of the possible’.
‘‘TD Africa is a key partner for Microsoft in Nigeria to enable us reach the breadth of the market. We hope to collaborate with the TD team to enable the Centre to host Microsoft Technology envisioning sessions that will be like a window into the future and present of possibilities,’’ he enthused.
The Microsoft Senior Executive also hopes the centre will serve as a strategic resource point for various classes of visitors.
‘‘We expect to have visitors from all categories of our customer segments, from public sector to enterprise and other corporates as well as small and medium sized customers,’’ Banuso disclosed.
The Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 5pm, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.
Expected to commission the massive project cited within the prestigious Yudala Heights on Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami who is expected in Lagos for the event. Also expected to attend the launch are stakeholders from the technology sector, corporate egg-heads and other dignitaries.
Equally important, the Tech Experience Centre is widely expected to bridge the gap to cutting-edge technology for millions of Nigerians.
Also, the centre is expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.