8 July 2013
The annual event organised by Telecom Namibia since 2007 will be held this year at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek on August 7 to 8, 2013.
This year’s summit is anchored on the theme “ICT – New Horizons”. The theme has been designed keeping in mind the great need for focusing on issues where industry can play a greater role in nation building, create an enabling social and business environment that will impact not only job creation with multiplier effect but also has bring technologies to schools, government agencies and businesses to help them to become socially and financially inclusive and globally competitive.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Honourable Joel Kaapanda, is billed as Guest of Honour of the Summit, which brings together key policy makers, Government functionaries, private sector, industry leaders, academia, media and other key collaborators in the ICT sector.
The two-day event would have a galaxy of speakers deliberating on a range of issues that are of importance to Namibia and Namibian ICT sector at the present moment.
Experts will speak on improving ICT ecosystems in the country, updates on developments in the ICT sector, the opportunities, challenges, broadening ecosystem, future trends and projections for the sector and to deliberate on the future course of action to catalyze the current opportunities and carve out a future growth path through a vision / roadmap for the ICT sector in Namibia.
The importance of this event also stems from the participation of a number of ICT companies working in Namibia such as: XON, Cisco, AVM, IBM, Torque-IT and Schoemans. These companies are showcasing the latest trends in ICT products and services in addition to benefits that Namibia could reap to reach a prominent rank in this industry.
“Six national ICT summits were held in the past have been resounding successes and so this year's gathering envisions following through and building on the excellence we have established in previous summits,” said Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia.
“Telecommunications in Namibia – and ICT by extension - is turning to be an Essential Service that ensures smooth functioning of citizens’ daily lives and businesses, helping them to become socially and financially inclusive and globally competitive. It is now evident that by building communications’ infrastructure and services, the overall and inclusive development of the country is accelerated,” Angula further said.
The summit being a much awaited flagship event of Namibian ICT sector, over 800 participants from the industry across the country are expected to attend the Conference at Safari Hotel in Windhoek.