AITEC Africa and Act ICT Industry Alliance of Mauritius confirm partnership to host sixth annual African Computing & Telecommunications Summit at Mauritius CyberTower, 7-9 September 2004

The sixth annual African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT 2004) is to be held at the impressive new CyberTower being constructed in Mauritius as the key element of the island state's drive to become an ICT development hub for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

AITEC has been invited by the Act ICT Industry Alliance of Mauritius to hold the ACT Summit in Mauritius due to the attendance it will attract from ICT professionals and managers from throughout Africa, as well as other international participation, thus promoting the country's position as a supplier of ICT services and expertise.

The theme of the Summit will be "Developing Partnerships to Mainstream Africa's ICT Industry."

Welcoming AITEC's decision to hold the Summit in Maurtius, Colin Taylor, Chairman of the Act ICT Industry Alliance, called on industry counterparts across Africa to use the Summit as an opportunity to pool knowledge and experience to promote the continent on the international stage. "Although some of us may land up competing for the same outsourcing work, the potential market is huge and expanding. We will all benefit from increased skills levels across the region, as well as improved perceptions of the continent's ICT capacity. I'm confident that companies attending ACT 2004 will find that co-operation and alliances, rather than competition, will be the order of the day."

AITEC will hold the event in partnership with Publi-Promo, the leading exhibition company in Mauritius. Geraldine d'Unienville has been appointed as co-ordinator of the event in Mauritius.

The following will be the conference key streams within the Summit:
- Business Process Outsourcing Forum
- Knowledge Sharing
- The African Open Source Forum, is associate with the Free & Open Source Foundation for Africa
- eGovernment Forum in association with the UN Economic Commission for Africa
- Telecommunication Operators Forum in association with the Global VSAT Forum and the UK Government's CATIA Programme
- GSM Applications for Development, in association with the Canadian Government's Connectivity Africa Programme.

The ACT Summit has been held in the UK, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in previous years. Over 2,000 African ICT professionals, managers, resellers, innovators and policy-makers have benefited from the Summit's intensive knowledge-sharing platform.

For further details of ACT 2004, contact:
IN MAURITIUS: Geraldine d'Unienville, Tel: +230-259-3630
INTERNATIONAL: Sean Moroney, AITEC Africa, Tel: +44-1480-495595


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