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ICT pulls off summit worth N$8m

Tue, 20 October 2015 18:16
by Villager Reporter
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The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has pulled off its N$8m investment, in the National Information Communication Technology Summit last week.

The summit which was initiated by Telecom Namibia over 7 years ago brought together more than 400 industry stakeholders, including Govt, business, professional, consumer and academia to reflect on ICT trends and challenges facing the industry globally and Namibia in particular.

To give the event a plausible semblance of neutrality for all stakeholders to take part, Telecom Namibia ceded the hosting and ownership rights of the summit to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 2014.

The telecommunications company applauded the government for its efforts in yet again hosting what it dubbed a costly yet worthwhile investment.

“Telecom Namibia was proud for initiating and implementing the concept nine years ago… The summit was an expensive and worthy investment in ICT knowledge sharing and development. Our company has spent in access of N$8 million over seven years to build the summit as a premiere national ICT event,” the Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula, was quoted saying in the statement. Angula made the comments after the two day event wrapped up last week in Windhoek.

In the statement, Angula noted that the summit brought together more than 400 industry stakeholders, including Government, business, professional, consumer and academia, to reflect on ICT trends and challenges facing the industry globally and Namibia in particular.

The Minister of ICT Tjekero Tweya and his deputy Stanley Simataa were also present. They were joined by Namibia’s first lady, Monica Geingos and the President’s advisor on youth Daisry Mathias, who were all keynote speakers.

This was the second annual summit organised by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) under the theme “Bridging the Digital Gap” from 6-7 October 2015, with a special focus on the youth.

Angula added that the second national ICT summit was well organised with a jampacked programme featuring local and international speakers who provided thought provoking content and great learnings.

“The Ministry of ICT has excelled once again with a stimulating and motivating summit. Highly qualified national and international speakers gave thought-provoking presentations on a wide range of topics very relevant to the challenges in today’s superannuation industry.

Together with the stimulating networking opportunities, this knowledge will undoubtedly energise discussion around the roadmap for the development and effective integration of technology in our daily lives, as well as the agenda for an improved ICT sector competiveness. The terrific location and efficient management added to an excellent two days,” Angula was further quoted saying.

He pointed out that all speakers and presenters have articulated one key message in that ICT has become an inevitable way of life, not only for a select and privileged few, but for all Namibians.

“The message was loud and clear that nobody in Namibia must be left out from enjoying the benefits of ICT,” he concluded.