AU ICT Ministers meet
GOVERNMENT| Sept. 6, 2012, 12:18 p.m.
The African Union Ministers of ICT are meeting in Sudan to review the continent’s ICT policies and programmes.
The 4th African Union (AU) Meeting for ICT Ministers is now underway in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Prior to this, a preparatory meeting was held for CT experts from AU member countries. Speaking at this meeting, Moctar Yedaly, head of Information Society at the African Union Commission, said: "The Communications and Information technologies landscape is changing rapidly and its environment is altered dramatically. We, the policy makers need to review our approaches and adapt ourselves to the new world of ICT.”
He noted that there were just three years left to the deadlines for the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and for the analogue TV transmission switch off.
Now underway, the Ministers' meeting will review the AU ICT projects and programmes currently under development, as well as looking at project updates.
Projects to be discussed include: infrastructure development in Africa, post sector development, dotAfrica TLD (.Africa), African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), Pan-African e-network project, African Leadership in ICT Program (ALICT), African Internet Exchange System project (AXIS) and Africa Space Agency.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
CEO of BOCRA to open SAPOA AGMThari Pheko, The Botswana Communications and Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) Chief Executive Officer will be the guest of honour at the 14th southern Africa Postal Operators Association annual general meeting. Read More
Prof Quaynor calls for greater partnerships within Ghana’s ICT sectorThe Board Chairman of Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, has called for a much greater collaboration and partnership within the country’s Information and Communication Technology sector. Read More
August is Science, Technology and Innovation MonthBotswana’s Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST), Hon. Nonofo Molefhi will officially launch the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) month on Tuesday. Read More
US President hails Kenya for leading innovation in the regionThe US government has hailed Kenya for setting good example on how technology can change way of doing business. Read More
Ghana’s Vice President opens MOBEX15 in AccraThe Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has officially opened the first Africa Mobile and ICT Expo dubbed #MOBEX15 in Accra. Read More
Experts seek e-governance to check graftICT experts have urged the adoption of electronic or e-government at all levels to prevent the stealing of public funds. Read More
Khama points to ICT for drop in tourist numbersBotswana’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, said the tourist numbers into the country continue to plummet largely because of poor ICT development in that sector as well as unreliable air service. Read More
Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovationBotswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow the them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation. Read More
Ghana to build largest data centre in West AfricaThe Ghana government, through the Ministry of Communications, is currently constructing what it believes will be the largest data centre within the West African sub region. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan SACCOS riding on innovation to attract customers
As confidence in mainstream banks remains low due to prohibitive interest rates, customers are embracing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) as an alternative.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.