WINDHOEK 24 August 2009: Telecom Namibia today announced a smart partnership with the Windhoek Show Society (WSS) to stage the first ICT EXPO in Namibia. The EXPO will run concurrently with the Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show (WIAS) slated for 25 September "“ 3 October 2009.

With the world focus on information communication technologies (ICTs) and their impact on economies around the world, this event will highlight the importance of technology in developing African countries, such as Namibia. More importantly, the EXPO is expected to showcase advanced ICT technologies and solutions to the Namibian consumer, while at the same time creating business opportunities for key service providers and solutions vendors.

The 9-day event aims to bring together key stakeholders in the ICT industry in an interactive information sharing way against the backdrop of a focused exhibition-style atmosphere.

Telecom Namibia`s General Manager of ICT and Corporate Business Solutions, Coenraad Coetzee is optimistic that the ICT EXPO will provide mutually beneficial opportunities for communication and networking for stakeholders.

"Telecom Namibia and the Windhoek Show Society would like to bring together some of the world`s leading ICT solution providers to do technical exhibitions and to provide opportunities to discuss new advancements and technologies with key industry organisations. On the other hand, the consumers will see the latest developments that will help them keep implementation costs down and maximise return on ICT investment," Coetzee said.

According to the WSS Managing Director Harald Schmidt, the inclusion of the ICT EXPO is an important developmental milestone as it signifies growth in the business related component of the WIAS programme.

Schmidt explained that speciality fairs and expos are used globally to cater for the needs of specific business sectors. "The Tourism & Travel EXPO, held annually at the Windhoek Show grounds is proof that the Windhoek Show facilities can host such special events very successfully," he said. "The ICT EXPO represents tangible evidence that the WIAS is capable of transforming itself by embracing new challenges and thereby ensuring its continued influence in the regional and national economic business spheres."

He added that combining the ICT EXPO with the WIAS will have definite positive spin-offs for all stakeholders concerned.

"For the ITC EXPO exhibitors the large number of visitors to the WIAS (in excess of 90,000 visitors) far exceeds the visitor totals of any expo or fair in Namibia, thus optimising exposure. For visitors, the ICT EXPO offers an array of attractions ranging from gaining knowledge to procuring the latest available products and services."

The ICT EXPO will be held under the theme: "˜Visualising the future: Confronting the crisis`, which has been borrowed from the Telecom Namibia ICT Summit held in July 2009.

"With partners like Telecom Namibia, the ICT EXPO will only grow from strength to strength and the synergies that hopefully will evolve from visualising the future, a strong enough stakeholder basis will emerge to confront any crisis that needs to be dealt with," Schmidt said.

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