Govt to strengthen accessibility of public information

Windhoek- The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) is committed to strengthen the accessibility of public information, says line minister Tjekero Tweya.

The minister made the statement on Tuesday at the official opening of the Second National ICT Summit taking place at a local hotel here.

He said his ministry will continue to strengthen the accessibility of public information in order to strengthen democracy and good governance by consolidating Government Information Systems (GIS) to ensure a cohesive and intergraded media communication from all Government offices, including Government ministries and agencies.

Organised by the MICT, the summit is being held under the theme ‘Bridging the Digital Gap’.

The minister said the summit adds to the government’s objective as the key player to reach out to all corners of Namibia by including marginalised communities, such as the Himba and San, into the mainstream of ICT through various media channels such as radio reception, Internet access and television connectivity.

The first national ICT summit was held in September 2011 and as it has been in the past, the conference brings together all industry stakeholders, which include Government employees, private businesses, professionals, consumers and the academia to share information and the latest trends in ICT locally, regionally and internationally.

Tweya further noted that his ministry also strives to ensure that Namibia enjoys nationwide coverage of ICT services over the next 14 to 18 months, but further warned that it will require a robust approach of the implementation of infrastructural development, commitment and a deliberate spirit of sharing resources among industry players, if development is to benefit all Namibians.

He also emphasised that it is import that his ministry ensures the objective of inclusivity and the spirit of ‘Harambee’ (working together) where no Namibian must feel excluded.

“We all agree that ICT plays a pivotal role in any society as this sector can educate but can also experience the opposite terrible impact, if not managed accordingly and may have damaging impacts on a nation,” he said.

The symposium kicked off on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday.

It aims to provide a platform for the local business community, both corporate and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on how to utilise ICT in order to contribute to economic sustainability by streamlining their operations and to be part of the global world. – Nampa

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