Digital Content

Companies that have websites and whose names do not appear on the result board of the WEB'AWARDS, 2007 should really be disturbed. The publication of the results is a wonderful initiative which among others, sets out to compensate companies of organisations for feeding their websites with up to date information. Up to 21 sectors are concerned. These include: embassies, training and research, telecommunication, sports and culture, big enterprises, small and medium sized enterprises, media, tourism, government organisations, trade and marketing, projects, insurance, associations, and microfinance.

The United States, Italy, Germany, European Union delegation, Canada and UNDP feature prominently among the embassies with excellent websites while the Institue of Agricultural Research and Development (IRAD), the National Employment Fund, OHAD, and African Institute of Computer Training emerge as winners in the research and training sector. The major enterprises that have distinguished themselves include: CAMPOST, Brasseries du Cameroun, PMUC, National Investment Corporation and national Social Insurance Company.

While congratulating the winners, it is important however to hail the effort of WEB'AWARDS, for it is going to make enterprises sit up. The lukewarm attitude of companies in updating their websites is however disturbing, especially as there has been a mad rush for them. In effect, enterprises and organisations had almost made it an obligation to create websites. In all their official documents, one finds their websites But just make the mistake of opening them on the net and you will get the greatest disappointment. You either find outdated information on their activities or you simply see the presentation of the structure. The latest information in many of these websites date as far back as 2002. Some are completely empty since creation.

An empty website is as good as no website at all. A company website, webmasters wouldn't say the contrary, is its mirror. It should be able to tell the whole story about the company, about those working there, and about their activities. What is the need making calls for tender and spending on such projects when we know that it will be kept empty?

Webmasters say, they are always ready to feed the website with information but that they are not the once to create information. The information given to them comes from the administration who usually fail in its duty. For this reason, many webmasters employed in organisations that do not care to update their websites end up doing little of nothing. The question now is, why do we accept to embrace new information and communication technology when we know that we are not ready for it?

Cameroon Tribune