ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008, Make the Right Connections

The ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 will be held for the third time in Egypt in the period from 11 to 15 May 2008. It is an event that will bridge markets and technologies across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.  ITU TELECOM AFRICA has always been on the top of events that bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the key technological and strategic issues of the industry as a whole.

ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 will include the following activities:

The Forum under the theme “ICTs in Africa: A Continent on the Move” is the Event’s main networking tool and the effective platform for discussions on the future of ICTs in Africa. It generally comprises a spectrum of ministers, CEOs, and regulators from Africa and other parts of the world, as well as distinguished speakers and panelists. It will tackle several ICT issues including the position of Africa today in terms of ICT infrastructure and users’ access to new communication technologies, the challenges and opportunities implied and solutions available through public private partnerships, innovative technologies and entrepreneurship. It will also shed the light on some of Africa’s most dynamic drivers for new usages and innovation: mobile wireless infrastructure, m-payments, and m-commerce. A particularly important weight will be given to having the right enabling environment, which is absolutely critical to encourage the investment necessary for the formation of ventures and partnerships.

The ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 Exhibition will display worldwide ICT innovations, trends, products and achievements. Countries will take part in the Exhibition through National Pavilions. Egypt’s Pavilion this year will focus on the efforts of developing and nourishing SMEs throughout the country. The Pavilion will demonstrate Egypt’s efforts in promoting the Internet through enhancing broadband penetration. It is expected that 250 exhibitors from 30 countries will take part in the ITU Telecom Africa 2008 exhibition, with an estimate of 5000-6000 visitors from 75 countries. 

This year’s Telecommunication Development Symposium will have the theme Connect Africa: Making it Happen. It will explore three emerging issues:

  •  Mobile: Africa’s Broadband Platform of Choice? With the pervasive coverage of mobile and the growing handset functionality and faster download speeds, is mobile likely to emerge as Africa’s platform of choice for broadband Internet access?
  • Regulation for Development: The Missing Link to Connect Africa.  African leaders will discuss the urgent need for a second wave of regulatory measures to unleash widespread, affordable access to broadband ICT services for all.
  •  When Worlds Collide: Convergent Networks? Convergent Policies? Faced with rapid convergence between telecommunications, broadcasting, and computer technologies, what is the best path forward? What should happen when worlds collide?

The Youth Forum (YF) will address different technical, regulatory and financial issues, as well as other concerns relevant to Information and Communication Technologies as an enabler for social and economic development.  The Participating youth will learn all about ICTs from the masters of the trade.

The Cairo International Conference Center (CICC) was chosen as a venue for the Event. The CICC is a state of the art conference facility which has been the venue of many renowned international gatherings including the International Conference on Population and Development (1994), The African European Summit (2000) and two previous ITU TELECOM AFRICA Events (1994, 2004). The CICC is a fifteen-minute drive from Cairo International Airport. It is strategically situated in an area which lies in proximity to the hotel facilities close to the airport and other facilities nearer to downtown Cairo.

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