JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE most influential leaders in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa will this week meet in South Africa for the third edition of the Information Technology Association (ITA) Summit.
This year’s summit, beginning on Tuesday, will tackle critical issues like access to the internet, cybersecurity and internet governance, with the theme being “ICT: Lighting the way to development and prosperity across Africa”.
The summit aims to create and enhance partnerships that can accelerate ICT enabled development through increased broadband access, apps that promote wealth creation, and governance that is geared towards improving the lives of Africans.
ITA President Sunil Geness said they welcomed all delegates to the AfICTA Summit, which is the first to be hosted in South Africa.
In the age of the internet, Africa’s digital story has only just begun. How we as leaders respond to the challenge of our digital future will determine our continent’s ability to develop and prosper,” he said ahead of the summit.
“At ITA we believe that a connected continent built on the foundation of a stable and efficient infrastructure are the catalysts for changing lives even in the poorest regions of Africa,” Geness said.
By bringing together business and government, Africa’s ICT leaders are finding ways to improve the lives of their people across the continent.
The summit’s mission is to find innovative ways of moving the continent with appropriate policies, profitable investment and good governance using ICT.
Jimson Olufuye, AfICTA Chairman, has championed the need for Africans to transform lives, create wealth and accelerate development on the continent.
Other speakers include Adrian Schofield, vice-chair of AfICTA; Ulandi Exner, President of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa and Lawrence Kandaswami of SAP Africa.
A gala dinner will be held on Tuesday for delegates and the media.
– CAJ News