The 6th annual Telecom Namibia ICT Summit saw over 930 participants including CEO’s, business individuals, ICT companies and over twelve exhibitors drawn from educational institutions and private companies attending the premier event.
The 3-day event, taking place under the theme “ICT-an integral part of everyday lives,” brought together representatives from civil society, government ministries and agencies, the private sector and ICT vendors and service providers to explore the many digital opportunities and challenges presented by ICT.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology who officiated at the event said ICT will become an integral part of people’s lives.
“In Africa, just like in the rest of the world, ICT is increasing in importance in people’s lives and it is expected that this trend will continue to the extent that ICT literacy will become a functional requirement for people’s work, social, and personal lives,” Minister Kaapanda said.
He said with the arrival of the West African Cable System, the governments of Namibia and Botswana in collaboration with Telecom Namibia, Botswana Telecom and MTC have laid the foundation with state-of-the-art infrastructure for ICT promotion, growth and development.
“There is bandwidth available in abundance and now, it is up to the players to explore bandwidth as a transformational tool to do business, to empower individuals and improve service delivery in government and the private sector,” he said.
Kaapanda also expressed delight at the prospects of Telecom Namibia its own international points of presence in various countries, from which our neighbours would also benefit immensely.
Board Chairman of Telecom Namibia Joseph Iita reiterated the importance of ICT in development. “Unlike previous technology waves, this new wave of ICT touches everyone and everything: ICT no longer just enable us to do new things; it shapes how we do them. It transforms, enriches and becomes an integral part of almost everything we do,” Iita said.
He said ICT products and applications are inseparable from our daily lives. “Computers, the internet, mobile phones, control systems, data banks and “smart networks” all play a vital role in our everyday lives today, and are essential to our future development.”
Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma said ICT has acted as a game-changer in many sectors. “IT has created a revolution in the social and economic life of many countries around the world, where they have been successful in establishing an ultra-high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted ICT infrastructure,” said Ndoroma.
The MD further said that ever since Telecom Namibia took the decision to transition itself towards a Next Generation Network Operator, there have been rapid advances in ICT. “We have witnessed the introduction of many innovative products, services and solutions by Telecom Namibia and other ICT players which, in many respects, transformed the way we work, live, learn and interact in Namibia.”
The Summit took place from 9 to 11 October 2012.