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Alteq to manage W.Afri.Tel 2007

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) conference organisers, Alteq Limited, has been appointed to manage the seventh edition of West African International Telecommunications and Information Communications Technology Exhibition (W.Afri.Tel 2007) scheduled for Lagos in June.

Alteq (ICT) Limited, is a wholly indigenous Nigerian company with headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, won the appointment following certification by the sole agent of Exhibition Management Services (EMS), proprietors of W.Afri.Tel in the country, the IT & Telecom Digest.

Company sources informed that after a convincing presentation of how it will organise this year’s conference to complement the exhibition by Alteq led to the appointment.

The organisers noted that for seven years, the event has grown in reputation as the region’s most professionally organised and most widely attended exhibition, with exhibitors and visitors coming from the United States of America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

They also pointed out that although the event had always been staged with a conference, there was no conference attached to it during the last year’s event, leading to exhibitors and visitors who had become also used to conference appealing for the return of the conference to the show.

Sequel to this, it was gathered that both EMS and IT & Telecom Digest set about on how to bring back the leadership conference, according to the editor-in-chief of IT & Telecom Digest, Mr. Mkpe Abang.

“Last year, most exhibitors and visitors, including leading government officials like ministers and indeed, the chief telecom regulator, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, made requests for the return of the conference as a regular part of the exhibition,” he said.

Consequently, he said, “we secured the right from EMS to organise the conference, because we want to maintain our central focus by overseeing both the conference and exhibition, we decided to appoint managers for the conference.”

He further explained the choice of Alteq, saying, “We took time to evaluate quite a number of companies that expressed interest to manage this year’s conference, and we were very satisfied with Alteq’s presentation.”

In addition, he said, his firm had quite a number of foreign companies, which also expressed interest in organising the conference as consulting managers, but they found favour with Alteq, having scored the highest points in the parameters set aside in search of a suitable partner.

Reacting to the appointment of his company, managing director of Alteq (ICT) Ltd, Dr. Armstrong Takang expressed appreciation to IT & Telecom Digest for the choice.

“We’re going to put in everything we’ve got to ensure that this conference comes out tops and remains indelible in the minds of those who would attend it,” he said, stressing that already his Alteq has advanced plans to bring in foreign and indigenous speakers.He pointed out that W.Afri.Tel-07 would be staged at its traditional venue, the Expo Centre, while the conference returns to the Grand Ball Room, all at the Eko Hotel, Lagos from June 5 to 7, 2007.

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