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Zimbabwe: African Scientists to Meet in Zim

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IST-Africa 2007 Conference (Maputo May 9-11)

Zimbabwe has assembled a team of the country's top information and technology experts that will join 300 other delegates at the IST-Africa 2007 Conference and Exhibition to be held in Maputo, Mozambique.

Science and Technology Development Minister Dr Olivia Muchena leads the Zimbabwe delegation at the world-class international forum to showcase African research results, the achievements of the IST Programme of Framework and regional, national and international information communication technology related initiatives.

The IST-Africa 2007 conference aims to enhance community building to facilitate the European Union-Africa research co-operation and successful exploitation of research results.

It also aims to stimulate the take-up of research and technology development results in industry, small-to-medium sized businesses and the public sector, to promote knowledge sharing between commercial organisations, government agencies and the research community.

The conference will also give a platform to exchange experiences about the current state of e-Adoption at a sectoral, national or regional level and to support international co-operation and open up the European Research Area to Africa.

Themes to be covered include health information systems; technology enhanced learning and ICT skills, open source software applications, e-infrastructures, ICT for environmental risk management and ICT inclusion and e-accessibility.

ICT experts from ZARNet, Sirdic, eHurudza, eSecure and Afrosoft will participate at this event which provides a unique opportunity for African researchers to raise visibility of skills and competencies with European researchers who are interested in co-operating with Africa under European-funded research.

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