Botswana: Successful Economies Utilise ICT Advancements - Summers

Gaborone — Deputy high commissioner of the British High Commission to Botswana says the most successful economies will be the ones that will keep up with the latest technological developments. Ms Emily Summers said this at the Commonwealth Human Resources and ICT forum in Gaborone on Tuesday.

She said the diversity of the Commonwealth was what gave it its strength, and that her country was excited to collaborate and explore ways of ensuring that ICT enhanced human resources and unlocked opportunities for modern challenges in the workplace.

She added that the key to success was not only to harness ICT skills, but also to incorporate on the impact of climate change in areas of expertise.

For his part, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) managing director, Mr Anthony Masunga said the aim of the forum was to find solutions and provide a platform to accelerate how organisations could leverage ICT advancements to enhance human resources as future industries were created.

Mr Masunga said true to the theme of the conference: The changing shape of the workforce, Botswana has identified her people as her greatest asset, thus the national human resource development strategy office through the establishment of the Human Resource Development Council, had a bold and ambitious agenda to enable people to harness ICT and become globally competitive assets.

"This forum has therefore come at the most opportune time because, the closer we look at digital advancements, the more we realise that beneath the veneer of the binary code is the advancements of humanity. Moreover, history will not forgive us if together we cannot forge enduring partnerships and come up with solutions that work and influence a positive paradigm shift in the workforce,' Mr Masunga said.

He noted that BTC had invested resources, time and effort in ensuring that its staff members enhanced their careers by harnessing ICT as the journey of cultural transformation continued in a quest towards building a sustainable company with an engaged human resource base.

Furthermore, Mr Masunga said currently HR scholars and experts had found new dimensions and paradigms to define their craft and empower the workforce.

"It is up to industry heads to harness ICT to reinforce their efforts and help change the entire mindset of the 21st century employee," he said.

Mr Masunga also challenged delegates to harness digital leadership in order to improve the workforce and find working solutions to improve human resources management while connecting the power of ICT in the ever-changing dynamics of the 21st century workforce.

The forum was a collaboration by BTC, Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) and the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) with the aim to share experiences in the innovative use of ICTs to improve human resource services, compare notes with peers, review market trends as well as showcase latest innovative technological solutions.

Source : BOPA

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