MICT celebrates IDI achievement

29 Nov 2017 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has celebrated the country’s improvement on the ICT Development Index (IDI), for which it was awarded the 'Most Dynamic' award.
Namibia’s global ranking on the IDI improved from 123rd last year to 118th this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
During the celebratory event, ICT Minister, Tjekero Tweya, expressed appreciation towards the sector’s improvements over the past five years.
“This improvement is due to the increase in international bandwidth which recorded at 34, 5 kilobytes per second,” he noted.
He added that the ICT sector is expected to contribute significantly to the development and achievement of the knowledge-based-society as aspired in Vision 2030.
“The focus of the sector in the National Development Plans is the development of ICT infrastructure and increasing affordable access to it.
“It is no doubt that access to the latest technologies will promote business efficiency and give targeted industries [a] competitive advantage.”
The minister also launched the MICT’s Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2022 at the same event.
With this new plan, the ministry decided to shift gears, adopting a view of achieving new results by doing things differently.
“It is for this reason that as an ICT ministry, we decided to work towards an ICT Smart Namibia; create a knowledge-based society; promote Namibia as a preferred film destination; strive to keep Namibia an informed nation and facilitate high ICT coverage,” Tweya stressed.
Tweya added that the ministry’s vision is to be catalysts for an informed and inclusive ICT Smart Namibia, through its mission which is to create an enabling environment for socio-economic growth.