02 Nov 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) A Russian delegation consisting of Information Technology (IT) experts is holding a two-day conference on advanced IT and cyber security technologies, which commenced here on Thursday.
The aim of the conference is for the delegation to share programmes with Namibia on how to fight cybercrime, among others.
Officiating at the conference, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana explained that Namibia is in the world of rapid advancement in technology.
The country therefore needs to ensure readiness for such advancements and should be able to integrate and cooperate with other countries in ICT, he said.
He added that the country has plans in place stipulated in national strategy documents, to have broadband connectivity, E-governance, E-education, E-health and E-medicine, amongst others.
Other plans he noted, include having 100 per cent network coverage.
The plans are stipulated in documents such as Vision 2030, National Development Plan Five (NDP5), Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and specific strategical documents of individual institutions.
One of the projects currently under drafting is the legal framework to tackle cybersecurity nationally and internationally as the country is aware of the ongoing cybercrimes and warfare in the world, Ua-Ndjarakana stressed.
We therefore have computing and network infrastructure that needs upgrades, state of the art ICT solutions and we need guidance to use the best practices of our fellow friends.
He informed conference participants that there is a need to develop strategic infrastructure and educate the public while carrying out research and finding innovative products to help Namibians integrate and live in a safe country.
The country has network coverage that needs broadband connectivity, state of the art computing infrastructure, systems and application software that the Russians are best in manufacturing and providing to the world, he noted.
On his part, the Head of the Delegation and president of the Russian Association of High-Technology Security Export, Andrey Bezrukov said there is currently a new challenge of digital independence.
He explained that the reason for their visit is not to dominate, but to build capacity.
We want to train your people. Your universities will certainly expand their programmes with IT and we want to build a business to build capacity, he stressed.