In late 2013, the government of Nigeria has amended its policy to favor locally produced ICT products.
Effective 3 December 2013, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has promulgated the Guidelines on Nigerian Content in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The guidelines apply to state entities as well as private enterprises and individuals. The most important requirements:
- Computer manufacturers are required to maintain 50% local content and in-country R&D departments, and to design and develop products that support Nigerian languages and local use case. They receive a five-year duty waiver on computer components for integration into locally assembled devices.
- Ministries and other government entities shall henceforth purchase all hardware products locally, and to source and procure software from only local and indigenous software development companies - if the capacity for developing such software does not exist locally, procurement, installation and support are to be provided by a Nigerian company.
- Developers of software are not allowed to sell their intellectual property rights in any way.
- Multinational companies are required to provide verifiable information and sign affidavits about the origin, safety, source and workings of software being sold and deployed within Nigeria, and to submit a Local Content Development Plan.
- All ICT companies are required to register Nigerian entities with predominant Nigerian representation, provide a local content development plan, use only locally manufactured SIM cards, host all data locally, host their websites on a .ng Top-level domain, and use local companies for the majority of all value adding services on their network.