MEDIA RELEASE
20 September 2012

The Telecom Namibia Information Communication Technology (ICT) Summit will be held at the Safari Hotel & Conference Centre in Windhoek from 9-11 October 2012.

The Summit is the major ICT event on the Namibian calendar and takes place annually since 2007.

This year, the Summit celebrates its sixth anniversary and it has become a unique and powerful platform for all the key players to come together to share information, learn from each other, and discuss and identify measures to address issues that emerge from the wide-scale application and rapid development of ICTs.

Coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of Telecom Namibia, the Summit will look at the revolution that transformed the IT and telecommunications sector in Namibia and Telecom Namibia, as the key player, over the past 20 years.

Information communication technologies (ICTs) are improving at a fascinating rate. ICTs are not simply a way of organising business to improve efficiency and increase competitiveness. The ICT services and infrastructure that enable the digital economy are now increasingly becoming an integral part of everyday lives. They encompass business, education, freedom of speech, entertainment, as well as social inclusion and health, reaching out to improve the well-being of peoples across the globe.

Thus the theme for this year’s event is, “ICT – an integral part of everyday lives,” which provides an opportunity for ICT users, policy makers, industry players and the sector itself to interrogate how best the ICT potential – through social inclusion - can be harnessed to achieve real sustainable development for business, society and the environment as Namibia moves towards Vision 2030. Since education, knowledge, information and communication are at the core of human progress, endeavour and well-being in the digital economy, ICTs have an immense impact on virtually all aspects of our lives.

Through a series of high-level speeches, debates, interviews and case studies, our distinguished speaker line-up will look at the enormous potential of ICT to boost economic development and improve Namibia's competitiveness, by leading to new sources of growth and addressing key societal challenges we are facing as we forge ahead with the implementation of NDP-4. There will be a strong focus on how the industry players, the regulator, policymakers can work together to promote ICT penetration in the country.

One biggest challenge to be addressed by the Summit is how to harness the potential of ICT to create an inclusive society, to promote the development goals of NDP-4, namely the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; achievement of universal primary education; promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women; reduction of child mortality; improvement of maternal health; to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and ensuring environmental sustainability.

There are also a number of key questions to be answered. How best can we empower the poor, particularly those living in remote, rural and marginalised urban areas, to access information and knowledge? How can we promote IT literacy? How can we shape ICT progress and how to ensure that Namibian citizens and businesses can make the best out of it?

Many ICT companies will be showcasing their products and services and close to 600 delegates are expected to attend the Summit. The event programme has an impressive line-up of local and international experts, who will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions and workshops.

Members of the public who want to participate in the Summit are requested to register online at www.ictsummit.telecom.na

ISSUED BY:
Oiva Angula

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