CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

16 May 2014

East Africa: Nairobi's East Africa Com Conference Postponed Due to Security Concerns

Photo: Julius Kithuure/ Sabahi Online
Kenya Police patrol Eastleigh Streets in an ongoing terror crackdown (file photo).

The annual East Africa Com meeting that was initially set for Nairobi's Safari Park Hotel from May 20 - 21 has been postponed indefinitely by the organizers due to the security situation in Kenya, especially Nairobi.

A statement sent to attendees by the organizers - Com World Series - states: "We are sorry to announce that East Africa Com, due to take place in Nairobi next week, is to be postponed. In light of recent security concerns and of today's bombings in the city we have decided we cannot go ahead with the event as planned. Although we have held many events in the great business hub that is Nairobi, we have to put our delegates', our customers' and our team's safety and security first."

"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and with everyone affected by these events. The Com World Series team is looking into potential new dates and venues for East Africa Com 2014. It remains an important event and we will make sure it is held in the best conditions and to the Series' standards," adds the statement sent by Julie Rey, research director, Com World Series.

This year's edition of the East Africa Com was to be hosted by Airtel and have speakers from Orange Kenya, Canar Telecom Sudan, Wananchi Group Kenya, Google, Roke Telekom Uganda, Safaricom Kenya, Spinlet, Brudan, Paypal and Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

The event was expected to feature over 40 industry leading speakers delivering latest business knowledge on: Operator Strategies, LTE Developments, Connecting East Africa, Mobile Money, Mobile Enterprise Solutions, Digital Marketing & CEM and AppGig among others.

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