ICT Africa Summit is a NEPAD Council and NEPAD Secretariat continental Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) event, addressing a wide range of ICT issues in Africa. NEPAD Council’s 2008 NEPAD ICT Africa Summit event was organized as an integral part of NOVATECH - The ICT Africa Summit Marketplace in collaboration with Pro-Invest - www.proinvest-eu.org. Pro-Invest is a common initiative of the European Commission (EC) and Institutions from the ACP States (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) to stimulate Euro-African cooperation.
The ICT Africa Summit 2010 will mobilise the major practitioners involved in ICT, e-business and related sectors all over the world, due to take place on 3rd to 5th November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 2 000 high level delegates and 250 exhibitors will take part in a well placed agenda which will include plenary sessions, thematic breakaway sessions and one-to-one business meetings between participants and ICT Africa Summit 2010 exhibitors.
The ICT Africa Summit will allow participants: • to stand apart from the competition thanks to a selective and qualitative approach • to meet the top decision makers and key actors in the targeted sector • to anticipate demand in rapidly changing markets • to identify business and co-operation opportunities • to benefit from a preferred access to financial and development institutions and from contacts with high-ranking representatives and intermediary organisations • To benefit from the one-to-one meetings and exhibitions between and for participants. There will be representation from the public sector, the media, non-governmental organisations and private companies from various lines of business in the ICT sector. The ICT Africa Summit 2010 is a must attend event for key players in the ICT Industry including: • Private and public companies active in the ICT sector • Academics and researchers in the ICT sector • Information processing centres, software applications developer • Telecommunications companies, broadcasters and e-service companies. • Professional intermediary organisations • Investment promotion agencies • Chambers of Commerce and Industry • Cooperation agencies • Policy decision-makers • Regional and international financial institutions.
STRONG POTENTIAL IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD The ICT sector of the African region has experienced major changes throughout the last decade. The ongoing fast development is to a large extent due to a general political determination to reduce the digital divide and effectively fight against under-development and poverty. It is fuelled bydrastic changes in the sector such as end of monopolies and privatisation of the main public operators, investment boom in mobile networks, introduction of new private operators and the emergence of new technologies particularly well suited for the African environment. These positive factors certainly give the ICT sector a strategic role as a catalyst for development in Africa.