MICT launches ICT statistics project

01 Oct 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 OCT (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Stanley Simataa launched findings of the Scan-ICT Project in Namibia here on Thursday.
Namibia undertook the Scan-ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Project with the assistance of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Simataa explained that the launch of the findings of the project signals sound progress in realising its implementation in Namibia.
The ultimate aim of undertaking the survey was to collect and analyse ICT data and statistics, and compare core ICT indicators in order to measure the status of ICT development in the country.
The expected output is development of the Namibia Scan-ICT Database website that will host the country's statistical data.
“It is indeed exciting to see Namibia having a dedicated website/database that will host the country's ICT statistical data, ready to be accessed by relevant stakeholders,” he said, adding that the establishment of the database will significantly contribute to Namibia's improved ranking by the World Economic Forum and other international organisations.
Simataa explained that harnessing ICT for development can only bear fruit if effective and appropriate tools are implemented in order to measure the impact of ICTs on various sectors of the economy.
Successful deployment of ICTs can contribute to the development of knowledge societies in all nations and in Namibia in particular, a development that has the potential to bridge the digital divide.
“As a country, we have every reason to celebrate the conclusion of this journey. Once accomplished, this initiative will ensure that our country has a central ICT database that will support the iterative policy development, implementation and review processes.”
In Namibia, the Scan-ICT Project is driven by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT and undertaken by Research ICT Solutions.