New Era (Windhoek)

13 April 2012

Namibia: Puzzled By Namibia's 'Pathetic' ICT Usage

opinion

Well, I must admit that I don't believe the news I read this week. Apparently, Namibia is pathetic when it comes to new information and communication technologies (ICTs).

A report released on 4 April which is available on the World Economic Forum (WEF) website describes Namibia as a country where the usage of ICTs is low and not affordable.

The Land of the Brave apparently also lacks an innovative environment and government usage of technology is appalling.

The Land of the Brave's overall ranking is 105 out of 142 countries with a score of 3,35.

The report, Global Information Technology, is released by the World Economic Forum, and measures how countries take advantage of ICTs and other new technologies to increase their growth and well-being, using the Networked Readiness Index.

I am usually a staunch believer, but I don't know why I have doubts this time.

Why I don't believe is because I thought we have come a long way, from being a country where we thought technology was not needed to everyone using a computer. Even some ministers now prefer to read their speeches off their iPads than go the traditional route of reading it from a page.

Seemingly, I thought we have become techno-savvy, as everyone seems to be after the latest gadgets these days, but oh well, guess what, I was wrong.

I was just seeing what I wanted to see.

I mean seriously now, how many government websites are actually functioning.

How many people would rather have an interview conducted in person than via email? How many trees do we cut down because we have not realized that something called electronic filing exists?

And the ICT conference ... Need I go on further?

My friend Kilinyawu calls me a pessimist, but at this rate, things seem to be going from bad to worse. At this rate, Vision 2030 will be just that, visualisation.

World Economic Forum nayitalepo nawa mpo (should double check), nenge otse twa 'Nama' (Or is it us who are weak).

Eewa

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