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- Speaking at the panel discussion at Addis Ababa University’s Department of Information Science, Afework Temtime, President of the Ethiopian Information Technology Professionals Association (EITPA) stressed the need for more qualified professionals in the field. "We are witnessing a great increase in the number of colleges and institutions offering ICT education in Ethiopia," he said. "But a great deal of caution must be taken to ensure that the schools give qualify education that is up to the expected standard."

Henock Wubshet, Information Services Division Head at the Ethiopian Airlines, explained the major technology of upgrading the Airline’s facilities in 1997. He stressed that these changes were still proceeding. "The renovations in 1997 have brought about a major change in the ICT Infrastructure of Ethiopian Airlines ever since," he said. "We will continue to incorporate these major ICT in our development schemes." He added that the airlines is now planning to introduce some exciting improvements to its ticketing and billing methods. "We are getting ready to start online reservations," he said. "I think that will be more important for our international customers."

* South Africa’s Intervid, which last week announced the departure of its CEO, has published a trading update that coincides with the resignation of chief financial officer Keith Pitout and director Chris le Sueur. Non-executive director Mark Taylor is acting as Intervid’s interim caretaker.