Zambian President honoured for internet strides
GOVERNMENT| Sept. 26, 2012, 7:11 p.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
Zambian president Michael Sata has been honoured with the 2012 South-South Global Governance leadership Award for improving internet access in Zambia.
The organisers said many countries in Africa, including Zambia, have made strides in improving the social sector and ICTs for the benefit of the people.
South-South general manager for the New York office, Mildred Espinoza, said South-South is happy to associate with countries that have made serious efforts in improving the social sector and ICTs.
South-South Cooperation is a term historically used by policymakers and academics to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries, also known as countries of the global South.
The awards are not really United Nations honours but coordinated by Antigua and Barbuda through its mission to the UN.
South-South News is a digital media platform for the countries of the South that is facilitating, connecting, and publishing news on various efforts in sustainable economic and social development to audiences and multiple constituencies, not only in the South but also around the world.
However, Sata and his ministers have on several occasions ordered the closure of online media organizations for criticising his government’s failure to implement election promises.
The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) failed to close the online media. Had it donw so, Zambia would have had all its all online media organisations closed.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Botswana Government to provide computerised driver-testing vehiclesBotswana’s Minister of Transport and Communication has officiated at the groundbreaking for the country’s first computerised driver training facility. Read More
Albany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government ProgramThe University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa as part of the Microsoft 4Afrika’s School of Government (SOG) program. Read More
NCC didn’t stop APC’s fund raising platform, says JuwahThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it did not order GSM operators to shut platforms used by political parties to raise funds. Read More
Togo’s new tax on incoming international calls angers consumersA new tax on incoming international calls imposed by the government of Togo has angered consumers and generated heated debate. Read More
NCC EVC says agenda accomplishedThe Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Eugene Juwah, says he has attended to all the items he listed as his six-point agenda when he was appointed CEO. Read More
Gabon to deliver e-visas, launches immigration websitePeople wishing to travel to the Central African nation of Gabon can now apply for visas online. Read More
Break-ins threaten Mascom Kitsong centre projectAs Mascom Wireless embarks on its fourth year of bringing ICT to the marginalised people of Botswana, Mascom says the greatest impediment to their efforts are the break-ins that are rampant at the Kitsong establishments. Read More
DRC govt cuts internet, SMS to quell deadly protestsAfter a week of deadly protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that left at least 42 people dead, people in this troubled Central African nation are still scrambling to connect to the internet and send SMSes. Read More
Computerised driver testing grounds: another first for BotswanaBotswana will see another first this week in the form of computerised driver testing, which will be launched in Gaborone on Friday 23 January. Read More
Digital policing: Lagos builds 100 ICT centres for policeLagos State Governor Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has begun handing over 100 Information Technology Centres to police stations in the state, with two stations in the Ogudu Police Area Command. Read More
FEATURED STORYUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards
Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSAlbany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government Program
The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa ...VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 results
VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014.