National ICT Summit set for October

10 Sep 2015 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) will stage the second National ICT Summit on 06 and 07 October this year.
The two-day summit will take place at a local hotel under the theme 'Bridging the Digital Gap'.
The summit aims to bring together all industry stakeholders, including Government, business, professional, consumer and academia, to reflect on ICT trends and challenges facing the industry globally and Namibia in particular.
Speaking at the official launch on Thursday, Deputy Minister of ICT, Stanley Simataa said additionally, the summit will define the roadmap for the development and effective integration of technology, as well as clarify the agenda for an improved ICT sector competiveness.
Furthermore, the summit intends to strengthen the interface between the Namibian Government of and major players in the ICT sector through sharing information, especially on the latest trends.
Simataa said ICT is a vital tool in achieving Government's main national priorities of economic growth inclusive of the attendant primary objective of poverty eradication and shared prosperity for all Namibians.
“As a government, through the MICT, we are duty-bound to ensure the creation of an enabling ICT environment which can contribute more effectively towards improving people's lives in the workplace, in their homes and their communities. We must find creative ways and means to use technology and to give citizens a greater voice in demanding the requisite services and also in holding their representatives accountable,” he said.
Simataa said the summit is an opportune platform that will bring together strategic stakeholders to forge partnerships that will deliver innovative ICT outcomes to consolidate good governance and the provision of much needed ICT services throughout the country.
Some of the ministry’s partners in making the event possible are Telecom Namibia; Schoemans; National Commission of Research, Science and Technology (NCRST); XON Systems; and Juniper that all pledged N.dollars 95 000.
About 20 exhibitors are expected to take part in the summit.
The first summit took place around the same time last year under the theme 'ICT For Development'.