Wednesday, April 06, 2011

ATCON endorses W.Afri.Tel 2011

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has endorsed the West Africa Information and Communications Technology Exhibition (W.Afri.Tel) and the West African ICT Congress (WAFICT).

President ATCON, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu made known in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online at the weekend by while welcoming the organizers led by Mr. Mkpe Abang, Editor-in-Chief of IT & Telecom Digest, who paid him a courtesy visit to brief the ATCON leadership of the dual event.

ATCON he said would mobilize members to ensure their leveraging on the two platforms to drive information and communications (ICT) development in the Nigeria.

Describing the exhibition as the flagship of all industry events in West Africa, Omo-Ettu said W.Afri.Tel exhibition, now in its eleventh year, has in the past one decade become the main platform for the celebration of Nigeria’s success in telecommunications.

Both W.Afri.Tel and WAFICT, he said have become veritable platforms for the cross-fertilisation of ideas that continue to contribute to the development of many fruitful policies the country is witnessing today.

Omo-Ettu, who rated the two events as the best in the sub-region, said he encourages every serious ICT company in the West Africa to avail itself of the opportunity being offered by WAFICT and W.Afri.Tel to reach a wide market that cuts across the entire ICT ecosystem.

According to Mr. Abang, the platform would equally serve as an avenue for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Nigerian telecom revolution.

WAFICT Congress 2011, he said, will run alongside the 11th edition of the W.Afri.Tel, organised by EMS of South Africa, from June 14-16.

WAFICT is being organised by IT & Telecom Digest, in conjunction with the UK-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), and has the theme: The Emerging New Frontier: – Opportunities and Potentials for Sustainable Growth in West Africa.

Recently, the Minister of Information and Communications, Honourable Labaran Maku, issued a letter endorsing the WAFICT Congress and W.Afri.Tel exhibition and urged mobile companies, ISP, government agencies and establishments, telecom operators as well as all other stakeholders, to support the events and join the ministry in giving a voice to Nigeria’s achievements in telecom.

In the letter, entitled ‘To whom it may concern - Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Nigerian Telecom Revolution: Special West African ICT Congress 2011, by IT & Telecom Digest’, endorsing the two events, which run concurrently, from June 14-16, 2011, at the new Eko Expo Hall, Lagos, the minister stated: “I am writing to confirm that the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications endorses and recommends IT & Telecom Digest Magazine to organise the West African ICT Congress 2011, as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Nigerian Telecom Revolution.

“The publication will celebrate the progress that has been made during the past one decade in the Nigerian telecom industry. In doing so, IT & Telecom Digest will host the WAFICT Congress 2011, of which the Ministry is in full support and will participate fully. This is important to further open up our country to the rest of the world as the investment destination for telecom in Africa.

“In this regard, the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications officially endorses WAFICT Congress, which is being hosted alongside the 11th W.Afri.Tel Exhibition, in Eko Hotel, Lagos, June 14-16, 2011, and the Ministry hereby urges all businesses, companies, professionals, all stakeholders, government agencies, etc, to lend their support to the events and join us in celebrating this happy milestone: Ten Years of the Nigerian Telecom Revolution 2001 – 2011.”

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