EAC calls on Microsoft to boost ICT use
SOFTWARE| Feb. 23, 2012, noon
EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera has urged Microsoft to work with governments to further facilitate ICT adoption in East Africa.
Speaking at the launch of the Microsoft Office 2010 Kiswahili Local Language Pack in Arusha, Tanzania, Dr Sezibera lauded the software giant for taking a leading role in facilitating the adoption of ICTs in the region.
He commended Microsoft for recognizing the importance of Kiswahili language in communication and said: “Both Windows 7 and Office 2010 translations will go a long way in spurring growth of Kiswahili as a mode of communication in education, science and technology as well as government services”.
The Secretary General said there was urgent need for change, not only to maintain existing levels of education and training in the population, but also to develop new skills and competences required if East Africa is to remain competitive and grasp new opportunities. He added that the region acknowledges ICT as a driver of economic growth although literacy levels were influencing its use.
With over 5 million native speakers and more than 50 million Africans speaking Kiswahili on a daily basis, Kiswahili is the most widely understood language in Africa after Arabic. The EAC said the availability of Microsoft Office 2010 in Kiswahili is a remarkable step towards elimination of language as a barrier to technology access.
“The development of the information society and the wide-spread diffusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) give rise to new digital skills and competences that are necessary for employment, education and training, self-development and participation in society,” noted Amb. Sezibera.
MORE SOFTWARE NEWS
Enterprise app stores the cornerstone of enterprise mobilityUltimately, an enterprise app store is the future of enterprise mobility, says In2IT Technologies South Africa. Read More
Embracing open source in AfricaThe digital world has moved beyond a proprietary approach, says SUSE. Read More
Keys to building an Open Source technology practice in MEABuilding an open source practice requires a different business model, skill set and sales approach, says Red Hat. Read More
Barclays launches Digital Academy initiativeBarclays Africa Group, in partnership with The Digital Academy, has launched the Barclays unit of The Digital Academy in South Africa. Read More
Microsoft unveils windows 10 in KenyaThe much-awaited Windows 10 operating system by giant technology firm Microsoft was officially unveiled in Nairobi on Wednesday. Read More
Microsoft reveals Windows 10 launch plansMicrosoft has shared details for the rollout of Windows 10, starting on July 29, which includes a new Upgrade Your World initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. Read More
Signal Alliance, Microsoft take cloud solutions to MANSignal Alliance in conjunction with Microsoft recently organized a forum with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) to showcase solutions that will drive productivity, meet operating objectives and enhance business continuity in manufacturing companies. Read More
Infoblox introduces free tool for getting started with IPv6Infoblox Inc., the network control company, today introduced Infoblox 6Map, a free interactive tool to help network administrators and network architects get started with planning the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Read More
Chams unveils ConfirmMe for ease of identity verificationChams Plc, Nigeria’s leading identity management firm, has unveiled identity verification software called ConfirmMe to the Nigerian public at the company’s headquarters in Lagos. Read More
FEATURED STORYYoung innovators shine during pitch sessions
Botswana saw an array of upcoming tech wizards selling their ideas during the Vendors’ Day pitch sessions this week.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.