CA, TESPOK to host parallel events to mark WTISD-2016


The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and IT industry lobby Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK) are both set to host parallel events to mark this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2016) which falls on Tuesday May 17, 2016.

TESPOK will host its event at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi from 8am to 10am while CA has already sent invites to industry stakeholders to its parallel session at Laico Regency Hotel from 9am.

This year’s WTISD-2016 theme will held under the theme: ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”.

All the invites were shared on the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) list serve by Fiona Asonga, the TESPOK CEO and Rachel Alwala, CA’s Assistant Director for Communication and External Affairs.

CA will also use WTISD-2016 to launch ICT Week which runs from May 17 – 20.

“The Communications Authority of Kenya in line with the theme, will host the ICT Week forum from 17th to 20th May 2016 with the aim of sensitizing the licensees on the activities of the Authority. It also provides an avenue for interaction and opportunities to build solid relationships,” stated Alwala.

Globally, the WTISD-2016 will be celebrated at ITU headquarters in Switzerland. The event marks the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1969 and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. The event will focus on ICT entrepreneurship for social impact and draw speakers and panelists from the start-up and academic community, governments and the private sector.

The theme for WTISD-16 is in line with  ITU’s work in unlocking the potential of ICTs for young innovators and entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, start-ups and technology hubs as drivers of innovative and practical solutions for catalysing progress in achieving international sustainable development goals, with a focus on SMEs from developing countries.