EYESSUWORK ZAFU SAYS PRIVATE SECTOR FAR BEHIND IN ICT USE IN ETHIOPIA

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The private business sector in Ethiopia appears at present to be falling far behind its public sector counterpart in making use of advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT), it was learnt.

Eyesuswork Zafu, president of Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA), noted at his opening address to the 11th Addis Chamber International Trade Fair (ACITF) that the private business sector at the moment suffered from a very low level of ICT capacity and a wider gap existing with the public sector, which is relatively better in implementing ICT, is proven to be a difficulty for communication between the two and ultimately to the success of the business.

 According to Eyessuswork, information or knowledge to serve as a powerful business tool highly requires its being organized communicated and applied in the proper manner. Recognizing the fact that such a power could enhance the development of private business like ours, he said, the chamber chose "networking for successful business" to be a fitting theme for the six-day international trade fair to come to a close next Wednesday. He said a concurrent symposium which will be focused on the aforementioned theme will also be held at UN-ECA Conference Hall and among the papers that would be presented there, AACCSA's paper, would be emphasizing the establishment of an ICT center to build the private sector's capacity with respect to this aspect.

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