WINDHOEK: Telecom Namibia will host the sixth Information Communication Technology (ICT) summit to provide an opportunity for ICT users and policy makers to interrogate how best the ICT potential can be harnessed to achieve real sustainable development for business.
The three-days summit will commerce on Tuesday under the theme ‘ICT – an integral part of everyday lives’.
The Summit is the major ICT event on the Namibian calendar and takes place annually since 2007, Telecom’s Senior Manager for Corporate Communications and Public Relations Oiva Angula.
“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,” Angula said.
He said 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.
Angula stressed that ICTs are improving at a fascinating rate, adding that ICTs are not simply a way of organising business to improve efficiency and increase competitiveness.
He said the ICT services and infrastructure that enable the digital economy are now increasingly becoming an integral part of everyday lives, as 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.
Angula said the series of high-level speeches, debates, interviews and case studies, 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 the country faces as forge ahead with the implementation of National Development Plan four (NDP4).
Close to 600 delegates are expected to attend the summit and many ICT companies will be showcasing their products and services.