First Bank of Nigeria, a Nigerian multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Lagos, in partnership with Microsoft4Afrika, will host a free-to-attend event for Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria on January 18, 2019.
The event, which is designed to promote technology adoption and skills development, will serve as an official launch of the new partnership between Microsoft 4Afrika and FirstBank, following a memorandum of understanding signed earlier in June 2018.
With the initiative, the two companies are looking to build the capacity of local SMEs and accelerate their digital transformation, by providing them with exclusive and tailored non-financial solutions. At the event, participants will be exposed to skills development resources, access to business networks and an educational platform.
The Regional Director of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative and the keynote speaker for the event, Amrote Abdella said “with this partnership, FirstBank customers can buy Microsoft products at discounted rates in the local currency – the naira – as this seamlessly aids technology adoption, skills and capacity development among SMEs in Nigeria”.
According to Abdella, “for SMEs, integrating technology into their operations is no longer an option, but a necessity for future growth and success. We’re looking forward to engaging in discussions that explore how technology can extend reach to new markets and improve productivity, which results in better customer service, more competitive offerings and the ability to act with agility”.
Microsoft 4Afrika is forging partnerships across Africa, with several players in the SME ecosystem – from banks to telcos, to enhance SME offerings and reach a broader audience.
Abdella said “technology and the relevant digital skills today play such an integral role in business success. We’re working with organisations to extend this support to as many SMEs as possible, ensuring not only their success, but the growth and competiveness of our continent in an increasingly digital world”.