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Kenya to host first East Africa ICT Summit

08-18-2010 08:53 BJT

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kenya will host an ICT conference next month to discuss ways of further catalyzing East Africa's ICT industry following the landing of undersea fiber cables on the country's coastal city of Mombasa.

The two-day AITEC East Africa ICT conference which will bring together computing and communications professionals from the region convene in Nairobi for the first AITEC East Africa ICT will establish the best practices for a robust ICT sector in the region. "Now that we have substantial international bandwidth available in the region, the ICT industry needs to get its act together to deliver world-class services, enabling the regional economy to compete internationally," said Sean Moroney, chairman of organizer AITEC Africa. "The Summit has an important role to play in establishing best practices for a robust ICT sector in the region," Moroney said on Tuesday.

Held under the auspices of the Ministry of Information & Communications, the Summit will gather ICT suppliers, service providers, innovators, managers and policy-makers to share knowledge and network in a two-day conference and expo on Sept. 7- 8.

"We also want to showcase the region's emerging ICT innovators at the event to give them exposure to customers, partners and even investors. There is a tremendous reservoir of ICT talent in the region which needs business direction and investment," Moroney said.

More than 100 ICT companies will be showcasing their products and services in the expo and over 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference.

The conference program has an impressive line-up of local and international experts, who will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions and workshops.

There will be a strong focus on software development and mobile applications in the program.

Speakers on this topic include Dr Tim Kelly, lead ICT policy specialist in the World Bank's InfoDev program, who will speak on mobile applications for development.

Russell Southwood from Britain, a leading analyst on the African ICT market, will speak on the mobile market going open access.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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