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AITEC ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE EVENT PROGRAMME FOR 2003

AITEC has announced an ambitious exhibition and conference programme for next year, including 20 events in nine countries. In addition to the group’s long established national ICT exhibitions and conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, AITEC is extending its programme of specialist events to include:

- A Southern African Internet Forum to be held in association with Balancing Act and under the auspices of the Open Society Initiative, to be held in Swaziland in April.

- The African Open Source Forum, to be held in Mauritius in July to provide a platform for IT professionals from throughout Africa to share knowledge and experience of Open Source software implementation.

- A national conference on IT in education in Uganda

In addition, AITEC is extending its highly successful Finance-IT series of Banking and Finance Technology Forums to add a Southern African Forum in Zambia in June and a North African Forum in Cairo in October ­ both to be held under the auspices of the Comesa Bankers Association.

The group’s annual flagship event, the African Computing & Telecommunications Summit, will be held in Abuja, at the invitation of the Nigerian Government, at the end of August. The theme of the fifth annual ACT Summit will be "Mobilising ICT applications and projects for effective corporate, national and regional development".

AITEC has introduced two new national ICT events:

- The Ethiopian Computing & Telecommunications Exhibition in Addis Ababa over 30 January ­ 2 February, in association with Timeout Addis Ababa. - AITEC Sierra Leone, with the theme "Mobilising IT for national recovery"

Following the success of this year’s AITEC Europe event, held in London in November, AITEC is planning a follow-up African-Europe ICT Partnership Forum in 2003, which will aim to develop business partnerships between African and European enterprises.

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AITEC Programme

* NIGERIAN YOUTH SUMMIT FOR DECEMBER 12, 2002

Nigerian Youths under the auspices of New Dawn Communications will assemble at The Golden Gate restaurant, Lagos on December 12, 2002 to discuss the future and development of Information Technology. They call it ICT LEADERSHIP and YOUTH SUMMIT. Theme: Internet; The only option.

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