The newly-appointed  Africa ICT Alliance ( AfICTA) chairman Thabo Mashegoane

The newly-appointed  Africa ICT Alliance ( AfICTA) chairman Thabo Mashegoane has vowed to continue pushing for digital inclusion among African countries.

Mashegoane was speaking following the electronic election at the AfICTA  Annual General Meeting on 25 November. He succeeds Engr. Hossam Elgamal from Egypt to become the third chairman.

Thanking his predecessors for their service and leadership in the Alliance to date, Mashegoane noted that African ICT Alliance was an organisation with a vast network, impact on critical policies, and reputation that took years and hard work to build.

The African ICT Alliance is a private sector-led alliance of ICT Associations, multinational corporations, companies, organisations and individuals in the ICT sector in Africa, aims to fulfil the promise of the digital age for everyone in Africa by encouraging dialogue and fostering ICT enabled development.

“Mine is to take the baton and continue where the honourable Engr. Hossam Elgamal has taken this organisation to. Of importance is the platform to enable African countries to collaborate and share best practices and lessons learnt with an objective of not leaving anyone behind in development,” he said.

Mashegoane added that this is a vision the new board will continue to uphold. “We stand in a critical position to influence attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 2030 through ICT,” he  said.

The following people were also elected to the board: Paul Rowney, Deputy Chair; Opeyemi Onifade, Treasurer; Dr. Waudo Siganga, Vice-Chair for East Africa; Engr. Assem Wahby, Vice-Chair, North Africa; Adetola Sogbesan, Vice-Chair, West Africa; and Eric Sindeu, Vice-Chair, Central Africa.

Mashegoane is also the current chairman of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) in South Africa.  In his acceptance speech, he noted that digital inclusion and ICT-enabled development was also a key mission for the IITPSA in South Africa.

“The IITPSA shares the vision and ethos of AfICTA. IITPSA has also stated that we need to step up efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which, among other things, seeks to bridge the digital divide and harness technology to address major global challenges such as poverty, climate change and conflict, we need to work harder. At IITPSA, we believe this means we have to collaborate across industries, across countries, to deploy the benefits of ICTs for the good of all,” he said.

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