The world’s leader in packaged banking software, Temenos, headquartered in Switzerland, is among six European giant technology firms that have confirmed participation at the AITEC ICT Summit to be convened in Nairobi on November 2 to 3. Other delegations that have confirmed participation are drawn from Senegal, Sri Lanka and Egypt.
Temenos, which entered the East African banking industry recently, is participating in the Summit as sponsor of Cloud Computing for Financial Institutions. It is presently carrying out one of the biggest banking software projectsin East Africa for Kenya Commercial Bank.
Cisco’s cloud computing expert, René Raeber, will provide a leading-edge presentation on latest international trends around the cloud while SAP, the German enterprise management software developer, and the giant telecommunication vendor Nokia Siemens will lead a high-powered delegation of German firms attending the event.
The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft) said the delegation to the ICT summit is part of efforts by the German government to create a platform for German companies to present themselves to Africa’s growing ICTmarket and network with key players.
“This is in line with an initiative of the German private sector to reach out to the African ICT market,” said Hendrick Hoffman, a senior officer in the Association.
AITEC chairman Sean Moroney said Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology will deliver a keynote speech that will detail the German Government’s investment in ICT innovation and how East African countries and firms can benefit as partners.
“Thanks to the support of the Afrika Verein and other sponsors, we are able to invite delegates from East Africa to attend the Summit free of charge to ensure that experts and ICT firms in the region benefit from this networking and business opportunity,” he said.
Coming at a time when news about the inventiveness of East African software developers is resonating across the globe, the ICT Summit’s focus on Mobile Applications promises to bring fresh excitement in the budding East African ICT sector. John Waibochi, a Kenyan developer who won $ 1 million at the Nokia’s Innovation Challenge, will be part of a line-up of speakers, with a number of young mobile apps developers demonstrating their innovations at the event.
“AITEC’s ICT Summit 2011 is a business and a consumer event – with the goal of fast-tracking East Africa’s emergence as a world-class information-based economy,” says Moroney.