Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Dr. Hammadoun Toure, has commended the organisers of the West African ICT Congress (WAFICT), saying the conference was central to continued growth in the sub-regionâ€™s telecommunications industry.
Speaking in a recent event in Barcelona, Spain, when the organisers of the event met with him, Toure commended the idea and conception of the conference, which he said would become catalyst for growth and positive change in West Africa. WAFICT, he said, â€œis timely and vitalâ€ for the growth of the sub-regionâ€™s telecom market and the economies of the countries in general.
â€œThe idea of such a conference is highly commendable; and coming from your magazine (IT & Telecom Digest), which has such a record of pioneering excellence and nurturing the telecom growth in West Africa.
I recall the magazine has been on for 10 years now, I have no doubt that this conference will help to drive the growth, the awareness and the penetration of telecom in the region further and higher than it is currently the case.â€
With the theme: â€œMoving West Africa Forward: policy and technology imperatives â€“ trends, potentials and challenges,â€ WAFICT Congress 2010 will hold at the new, ultra modern Eko Expo Hall, Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, from June 1-3.
Following an exceptional outing in 2009, the Conference, will run concurrently with the 10th edition of the West African International Telecommunications and Information Communications Technology Exhibition (W.Afri.Tel).
With competition from new mobile and allied ICT entrants, a growing market that embraces and shows great potential for broadband, limitless taste for mobile, WiMAX, network solutions, computing and e-business solutions,among others, Africaâ€™s largest market, Nigeria, is also reputed as having the most transparent and best regulatory environment supportive for telecom and IT investment and growth in Africa.
The conference agenda shows that the event will highlight such crucial topics as Broadband, Rural connectivity, Accessibility and cost-efficiency, Managed Services and Future networks, Fraud and Mobile management, Customer retention as panacea for churn, Competition and need for quality services, Policies, regulations and regulators, Licences and licence implications, Internet and ubiquity networks, Fibre optics and Long distance cables, among others.
This yearâ€™s WAFICT is organised by IT & Telecom Digest in conjunction with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation headquartered in London, the UK, and the Global VSAT Forum.