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Israel ‘ll partner with FG to create one million digital jobs – Ambassador


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Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Michael Freeman has reassured of his country’s commitment to partner towards the realisation of the policy on the creation of one million jobs through the digital economy.

Freeman, who is also the Permanent Representative of Israel to ECOWAS, said this at the news conference on the official inauguration of the 3rd cohort of the Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers on Thursday in Abuja.

He said Israel was excited over plans to partner with President Bola Tinubu’s administration to achieve growth through digital technology, and also that the first two editions of the I-FAIR programme provided young Nigerians with mentorship and tools needed to take their ideas from theories to practical.

According to him, many I-FAIR graduates now have various businesses with fellow Nigerians contributing to the economic growth of their fatherland, saying the third edition of I-FAIR has been officially inaugurated.

Freeman said, “This is the official launch of the 3rd I-FAIR programme; since President Tinubu was inaugurated and one of the key focuses of his inaugural policy was improving and strengthening Nigeria’s economy.

“He actually spoke specifically on several targets, to increase local and foreign investment in Nigeria, also to create one million jobs in the digital economy.

“Israel is the world leader in the digital economy and it is also the world leader in manufacturing investment in several other places.

“We buy into this vision and we want to partner with President Tinubu and his administration, to help create the environment for investment.

“To help create a million jobs in the digital economy and that is why we are here today because the I-FAIR programme will help to create jobs, investment and a new generation of entrepreneurial Nigerian innovators.”

He further said that such would boost job creation in the economy through learning from the Israeli experience whereby, 45 per cent of the GDP is based on human capital and research development.

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