In a strategic move to bolster its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) participated in Huawei’s prestigious annual event, HUAWEI CONNECT 2023, held from September 20 to 23 in Shanghai, China. Led by Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, ACG KI Adeola, the NCS delegation engaged with global ICT trends, particularly focusing on artificial intelligence, 5G, and cloud computing.
The event, themed “Accelerating Intelligence for Shared Success,” attracted government officials, business leaders, tech experts, developers, and industry stakeholders from across the globe. The NCS delegation, including ACG CK Niagwan, Comptroller H Ishiaku, Comptroller Gaji, CSC Baba Ibrahim, CSC Fanyam, and SC OC Onuoha, joined the international community in exploring the latest advancements in the ICT industry.
The event featured keynote addresses, panel discussions, summits, and technical sessions where Huawei executives outlined the company’s vision for the future. The emphasis was placed on collaboration and innovation as key drivers of success in the ICT landscape.
An extensive exhibition showcased Huawei’s cutting-edge products, including 5G equipment, cloud computing solutions, and artificial intelligence platforms. Delegates had the opportunity to witness these innovations in action and engage with experts to understand their potential applications.
The Sub-Sahara Africa Night Executive Banquet marked the conclusion of the day, treating African attendees, including the NCS delegation, to a delightful dinner and entertainment.
Throughout the event, the NCS delegates actively participated in networking events, connecting with Huawei experts and customers to discuss their ICT needs. A private technical meeting with Huawei Africa division staff delved into critical areas such as technology and AI, digital transformation, cybersecurity, innovation ecosystems, and sustainability.
The following day, the NCS delegation embarked on a city tour, visiting the Liantang Port and receiving a warm welcome from Shenzhen Customs officials. A guided tour of the port provided insights into Shenzhen customs operations. The tour continued with visits to Huawei’s Smart Campus in Shenzhen and the Huawei HQ Campus in Dongguan, where the cloud data center is located. These visits allowed the NCS delegation to grasp the latest trends and technologies in the ICT industry, aligning with their ongoing modernization operations.
Expressing enthusiasm about their participation, ACG Adeola, ACG Niagwan, and Dr. Umar Ajilola affirmed their eagerness to apply the knowledge gained from HUAWEI CONNECT 2023 to enhance the NCS Trade Modernization Project. The experience solidified their commitment to staying at the forefront of ICT advancements for the successful automation of customs operations.