In order for the continent to meet the social and economic growth challenges of the twenty first century, key ICT industry players drawn from five Africa countries have come together to form Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA), which aims to be the vehicle to bring stakeholders together to achieve the mutual goals of the region through effective cooperation, advocacy and leadership.
The founding countries of the AfICTA are Nigeria, The Gambia, Egypt, Kenya, Tunisia and South Africa, who are all members of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), a body which harnesses the resources of the ICT sector in over 80 countries around the world to play the same enabling role in the global environment.
Dr Jimson Olufuye, WITSA vice chairman for Africa and former president of the Information Technology Industry Association of Nigeria (ITAN), is the initial chairman of AfICTA. Dr Olufuye stated in a media release that the Alliance’s goals are to support effective local and continental advocacy, improve digital literacy, partner with the African Union and related agencies to achieve Information Society targets, engage African ICT professionals and experts in global ICT governance dialogues and enhance Africa’s competitiveness in the sector.
The AfICTA mission is to encourage multi-stakeholder dialogue fostering accelerated and ICT enabled development in Africa and the use of cutting-edge innovative technologies including mobile, computing and satellite technologies to achieve an Information Society in Africa.
As an organisation for the African ICT industry, AfICTA is open to ICT Associations, multi-national corporations, organisations and institutions in the ICT sector in Africa as members. The AfICTA will also offer its members business matchmaking, trade, regional conferences, exhibitions and forums, together with access to WITSA’s global events and representation at other international gatherings such as WSIS, ITU, ICANN and ICC.
Through networking and relationships, AfICTA aims to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders to advance its development agenda and build capacity.
All ICT sector players across Africa interested in joining the Alliance are encouraged to visit the AfICTA website and register. Other AfICTA founders are Adrian Schofield & Roger Latchman from South Africa; Dr Waudo Siganga – Kenya; Eng. Tarek Abdel Monem Taha – Egypt; Faouzi Zaghbib – Tunisia; Mr Pocelet Ileleji – The Gambia; and Engr Lanre Ajayi, Engr Titi Omoettu, Prof. Adenike Osofisan, Engr Tola Sogbesan and Jimson Olufuye – Nigeria.