13 September 2010

Namibia`s premiere information and communication technology (ICT) event "“ the 4th Telecom Namibia ICT Summit 2010, is scheduled to take place in Windhoek on 7-8 October 2010, under the theme "The contribution of ICT to sustainable economic growth and knowledge-based societies."

The two-day summit, now on its fourth year, is annually hosted by Telecom Namibia. Organised to gather local and foreign industry practitioners and key decision makers with select invited delegates from the academe, business sector, government and even NGOs, the event aims to increase awareness and exposure to the latest emerging trends and opportunities offered by ICTs.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Honourable Joel Kaapanda is billed to officially open this year`s summit, while Telecom Namibia Board Chairman Mr Joseph Iita is also expected to address the opening session.

The primary objective of the summit is to provide a venue where all ICT stakeholders can convene and learn new insights from experts and established practitioners in the ICT industry. In addition, the 4th Telecom Namibia ICT Summit hopes to unite all those involved in the industry to map out and define how to use ICTs effectively to attain sustainable economic growth, especially as countries are now emerging from the global financial crises. This summit will also serve as a unique platform for showcasing Namibia`s ICT capabilities as well as its potential in drawing prospective investors to set-up more ICT-related businesses.

"ICTs are the backbone of modern societies," says Coenraad Coetzee, general manager for ICT and Corporate Business Solutions at Telecom Namibia. "Innovation and investment in the telecommunications sector are key enablers for Namibia's economic transformation to a stronger and more productive, knowledge-based economy," Coetzee said.

"Strategic use of ICTs is helping to create social and economic change in health, education, culture, and also increases civic engagement in many countries of the world. As more people gain access to ICTs, the challenge is turning this capacity into community capital in the form of better educated citizens, more prosperous businesses, higher quality of life and better access to services," he said.

Many ICT companies will be showcasing their products and services during the summit and over 800 delegates are expected to attend the event.

The conference programme has an impressive line-up of local and international experts, who will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions and workshops. The discussions at the ICT Summit will focus on how to empower country development through ICTs and build knowledge based economy.

The Summit takes place at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek.

Visit the ICT Summit website www.ictsummit.telecom.na to learn more about the sponsors, the presentations, the programme and the workshops which will take place during the two days.

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