Monday, October 17, 2011

Johnson leads discussion @ WAFICT'11

Mrs. Johnson, ICT Minister
As the third edition of the West African ICT Congress (WAFICT) kicks off tomorrow in Lagos, the Communications Technology Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson has been confirmed as key note speaker at the three-day event in Lagos.
The organizers informed ITRealms Online in a press statement at the weekend that key speakers have confirmed their attendance, validating the organiser’s promise of a robust intellectual gathering to chart the course of growth for the sub-region’s ICT industry to be led by Mrs. Johnson.

They would be discussing solutions to broadband challenges in West Africa at the Congress.

To join the Minister at the event with theme, “An Emerging New Frontier: Opportunities and Potentials for Deployment of Broadband Services for Sustainable Growth in West Africa” the organizers led by Mkpe Abang said, is His Excellency Mahesh Sachdev, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria and industry big wigs such as the Executive Vice
Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah; Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajan Swaroop; Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Brett Goschen; Chief Executive Officer, Visafone, Mr. Sailesh Iyer and Chief Executive Officer, Phase 3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede.

The Chairman of Openmedia Group and former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, he said, would join the list of stellar speakers for the three-day WAFICT 2011 conference.

Others, Abang listed to include Group Chief Operating Officer, Globacom, Mr. Mohamed Jameel; Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson Nigeria, Mr. Gary Dewing and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group, Austin Okere; Rex Mafiana, Country Manager, Netapp; Mr. Logan Pather, CEO, Starcomms; Mr. Gerald Ilukwe, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Plc; Dr. Umaru Bindir, Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisitions and Promotions to name a few.

From outside the shores of the country, he said, the Ghana’s Communications Minister, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu; the Director-General of Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr. Paarock Vanpercy, including the Executive Secretary of the West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike, are all set to use the WAFICT Congress to push for broadband development in the sub region.

WAFICT Congress is being organised by Africa’s foremost ICT magazine, IT & Telecom Digest, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

The Congress will open new ICT frontiers for West Africa with the theme “An Emerging New Frontier: Opportunities and Potentials for Deployment of Broadband Services for Sustainable Growth in West Africa.”

Remmy Nweke
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