* Two Microsoft Corporation staffers are in Uganda at the invitation of the Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi. They are Dean Wolson, the technical specialist for the west, east and central African region and the Enterprise Business Manager for the same region, George Muhia. Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the Uganda Investment Authority executive director said last week, "They were invited by the Prime Minister to come and help government to identify the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) gaps after which they will make recommendations to government for implementation."

Wolson said they will hold talks with ministries and government departments to gather data and see where value needs to be added."This is how we are going to add value to the already existing ICT structures in government and add on new ones. We shall make recommendations that government will have to implement," he said.

* Mr David Gyewu, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Communications told Parliament that Ghana Telecommunications is to expand its network to provide a minimum of 400,000 fixed lines by 2005 in order to extend telephone services to every town with a senior secondary school, teacher training college or university. Responding to an MP’s question, he said 33 telephone lines have been extended to some other major settlements outside the Wa Township since 1998 and since Lassia-Tuolu was within the Wa Exchange, it would be served by Radio (wireless) in the long term. He said in the meantime, the use of wireless loop systems is being investigated for the provision of services to Lassia-Tuolu while the town would also benefit from the long-term solution much faster than anticipated.

* "South Africa ranks as the 20th largest market for ICT products and services. It has achieved 22% growth over the last three years, in a sector worth R43 billion. In the Western Cape alone, there are over 1200 ICT companies, of which over 40% are serving global markets." Speaking at the Western Cape government trade, tourism and investment conference in London today, marketing manager of CITI, Judith Middleton, left UK investors and media with a strong message. She said recent ICT census results pointed to strong growth in the industry and unlimited opportunities, internationally. The Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a non-profit organisation focused on developing the ICT cluster in the Western Cape, was invited by provincial government to address the conference with a view to promoting, internationally, ICT opportunities in Africa.