The Herald (Harare)

25 January 2013

Zimbabwe: ICT Convention a Must Attend

ZIMBABWE'S most decisive ICT platform is set for March 21-22 at the Harare International Conference Centre running under the theme "Driving Towards the Next Stage of ICT Development Using the Engineering Approach".

Organised by Mooks Marketing, the ICT Convention is an annual event with the inaugural convention having been held in 2010, this year will see the hosting of the third edition of the ICT Convention.

As the convention continues growing from strength to strength each year, September 2012 saw the launch of a highly informative magazine.

Titled the ICT Convention Magazine, the magazine gives deep insight into trends in the ICT sector as well as trecking ICT development.

It gives detailed analyses on technological developments in key areas of the economy as well as analysing the development of ICT in the country.

The inaugural convention in 2011 ran under the theme "ICT Enhancing Efficiency Towards the Economic Growth", while the theme for last year was "The Role of ICT in Achieving Sustainable Business Growth".

As has become the tradition, the 2013 ICT Convention will bring together renowned players in the world of ICT thereby presenting a high-profile opportunity for business networking, as well as information exchange that is essential for coming up with winning strategies in the manipulation of ICTs for economic, national and social development.

Mooks Marketing maintains that it passionately understands that the development of ICT is anchored on the effective application of electronic engineering and the adoption of techniques, systems and processes that help to deliver much more effective ICT solutions.

"An insatiable drive to create a platform for networking, learning and business linkages/partnerships among stakeholders in the ICT industry will always remain at the heart of what we do.

"The 2013 ICT Convention is thus perfectly designed to discuss issues affecting ICT development in Zimbabwe in the business, education and industry sectors; drawing lessons from last year's convention. It will also tack development in the sector from the previous years and exploring future opportunities and how players and businesses can position themselves to tap on ICTs," a Mooks Marketing spokesman said.

Much focus will be on infrastructure development and appraisal, software and hardware development, adoption of cloud computing and application of cyber security.

Presentations from celebrated ICT gurus, business executives and policymakers will also explore ICT policies in Zimbabwe, exploring how effective policies can ensure a conducive investment climate in the ICT sector.

"What makes our ICT Convention a must attend is that it will draw participants from outside Zimbabwe particularly those from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

These nations have recorded phenomenal success in the ICT development and it's really something to look forward to having eminent ICT professional and business persons gracing our event."

The two-day conference will also have special banking technology value added workshops. The banking technology workshop will deliberate on e-payments systems for possible adoption in the Zimbabwe banking sector.

The symposium will also cast light on the subject of electronic payment systems such as SPX bulk payments, CWX collections, mobile banking, card management and market intelligence. The value added workshop is set to discuss on banking integration and initiatives needed to encourage ICT development and adoption.

The modern day corporate world oracles have made the use of ICT inevitable through policies that recognise the key role of ICT development. Therefore, it is now imperative that the business world avails itself to key informative platforms which relate to the use of ICT.

"In cognisance of this level of development, we have strategically organised a two-day ICT Convention meant to give critical information on the ICT developments in the various areas of the economy. In addition the convention will also present a vast array of opportunities for ICT professionals to familiarise with latest technologies and services," the spokesman said.

Expected participants include telecoms and broadband players, software and hardware developers/suppliers and local IT engineers.

"The inclusion of the BRICS community is critical to get notes on how we can achieve milestones in ICT development since as a nation Zimbabwe is lagging behind compared to its counterparts such as South Africa and Zambia who are doing well, thanks to their favourable economic and ICT policies."

"Looking at these challenges in our economy within the global trends and in this case emerging markets trends, we are more likely not to miss opportunities arising out of these trends, we can come up with possible solutions that appreciate these developments if we continue addressing our challenges,' said Mr Hussain Zimbowa, the project manager.

The convention will be graced by the country's seasoned speakers who will give presentations and encourage innovation. These include policymakers, IT engineers and business experts from various sectors of the economy as well as representatives from the BRICS countries.

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