AfICTA targets 1m ICT jobs across Africa by 2020

11 November 2016

Computing

HOW best to create up to one million new Information Communications Technology, ICT, jobs by 2020 across Africa was part of the declaration at the end of the 4th annual summit by the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) held recently in Windhoek, Namibia.

The initiative is aimed at developing and promoting Africa to be the number one outsourcing destination in the world. The Chair of the summit planning committee and Chairperson, ICT Professional Association of Namibia and a member of the AfICTA Board, Mr Paul Rowney told Hi-tech that the initiative must be embraced by all relevant stakeholders.

To make this work within the timeline, he said that AfICTA was seeking for volunteers from Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Egypt for the first phase of the project. The summit was organized by the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance, and hosted by the ICT Professionals’ Association of Namibia (ICT-PAN) under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT, Namibia. According to the Summit, Internet for all, connectivity for all and Broadband for all by 2020 should be top priority for all governments in Africa. AfICTA summit also called on all members and stakeholders to volunteer support for the Global Outsourcing (GO) Africa initiative.

The summit among other things, welcomed the October 1, 2016 transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship by the US Government to the global multi-stakeholder community, ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers; and urges all stakeholders to actively engage and own the oversight process.

The Summit focused on several sub-themes which included: The role of ICT in job creation; IoT, Affordability, Connectivity & Scenarios; Youth Development; SDGs & Cybersecurity; Internet Governance for SD – Aligning the Technical, social and political layers together; Sustaining critical infrastructure for IoTs and Keeping Internet safe, secure and resilient. The summit concluded that concerned stakeholders particularly governments and the private sector should evolve IoT strategies that maximize job opportunities for African youths.

Source: Vanguard 8 November 2016