Mauritius to host pan-African ICT conference in 2014
What will come as great news to ICT players in Mauritius is that each conference held under the IST Africa banner places special emphasis on showcasing progress in the dynamic information and communications technology space in the host country. (Image: euroafrica-ict.org)
With Information and Communications Technology (ICT) being the sector of focus – and poised for even higher growth with a slew of supportive policies announced in Budget 2014 – Mauritius’ reputation as an ICT hub is set for a big boost as it plays host to IST Africa 2014.
What will come as great news to ICT players in the island economy is that each conference held under the IST Africa banner places special emphasis on showcasing progress in the dynamic information and communications technology space in the host country.
For participants, it is important to note that the organizers of IST Africa have issued a call for papers with a deadline of December 16, for the prestigious event in the African ICT space.
IST Africa 2014, slated to take place in May next year, is being organized by the government of Mauritius through the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the National Computer Board (NCB), supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC).
Founded by IIMC (Ireland) in 2002, IST Africa has evolved into a strategic partnership with 18 African countries. The 2014 event will be the ninth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences that bring together senior representatives from leading public, private, educational and research institutions around the world.
As many as 500 participants from 51 countries have come together in recent conferences to share knowledge and experience related to the Information Society, ICT and innovation related adoption, policy and research.
The IST Africa conference provides a platform to strengthen ICT and innovation related policy dialogues not just within Africa but also between Africa and Europe through plenary sessions, rich thematic knowledge exchange through the scientific programme and co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings.
Its reputation is based on high quality discussion, papers, presentations and interactive workshops showcasing innovative ICT and Information Society related applications and research results.
IST Africa 2014 will showcase Information Society, ICT and Innovation related policy contributions, research and implementation project results from Africa and Europe, and focus on Research Cooperation Opportunities for African organizations under Horizon 2020.
Source: IST Africa