How can the government protect consumers while encouraging innovation?
Regulation for innovation, Stears

If you're ever looking for good news about the Nigerian economy, a good place to start would be the numbers in the Nigerian tech sector. 

In the first quarter of this year, the African tech ecosystem announced that it received funding of about $1.8 billion, more than double the amount raised around the same period last year. Nigeria alone was responsible for $600 million of the total. The inflow of funds is particularly important, given the declining levels of more traditional forms of capital flows into the country such as Foreign Direct Investment.

 


Key takeaways:
  • The Nigerian tech ecosystem has begun the year with strong growth in investment inflows, with over $600 million worth of investment flowing to Nigerian tech companies. One of the critical factors this sector needs to grow is strong and stable regulatory oversight.  

  • Regulation in this regard must therefore balance the trade-offs between consumer protection and creating an enabling environment. 

  • The tradeoff, however, depends on the level of maturity of the sector, the sector involved and the country.

 

While all the funding activity is exciting, one key thing to remember is that while

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Gbemisola Alonge

Gbemisola Alonge

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