The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4I) has paid tribute to former Minister of Science and Technology of Mozambique, Venâncio Massingue, who died in South Africa after prolonged illness.
In a post published on the organisation’s website, A4I said that Venancio Massingue was a “tireless internet advocate and National Coordinator of the A4AI-Mozambique Coalition” adding that he was “one of A4AI’s earliest supporters,…an invaluable partner to the Alliance and its efforts to advance affordable internet in Mozambique, and was a great friend to all of us.”
(TOP: Venancio Massingue, Mozambique’s former ICT Minister, at the first meeting of the A4AI-Mozambique Coalition in 2014. He died in South Africa on February 10, 2017).
A4I stated that “Venancio was a key player in bringing the internet to Mozambique, and in working to support the promotion and expansion of ICT in the country.”
“An engineer by training, he served as Mozambique’s Minister of Science and Technology from 2005-2012, where he masterminded the development of the country’s ICT Policy and ICT Strategy… Venancio was dedicated to expanding internet access to all Mozambicans, and we hope that his steadfast commitment to and efforts toward this end will inspire others to carry on the important work that he pioneered. His enthusiasm and infectious smile made working with him a joy, and he will be greatly missed by all of us here at A4AI,” stated A4I in its tribute to the continental ICT champion.
According to his bio posted on the SIITRI website in 2014, Prof Venâncio Massingue, PhD, was born in 1960 in Chibuto district, Mozambique. In 1982, he qualified as an electronic and electrical engineering technician. From 1987 to 1992, he studied for the degree of Licenciatura in electro-technical engineering at UEM, with a thesis research work done at TUDelft. He later held a Doctoral degree in Management and Control in Application of Information and Communication Technology from the Technology University of Delft (TUDelft), in the Netherlands.
Seeking to broaden his field of expertise, he attended courses in Economic Concepts for Engineers and Managers at MIT, USA (June 2002), in Human Resource Development and Academia-Industry Cooperation on ICT in Japanese Universities (2003), in Japan and in Academia-Industry Cooperation on ICT (2004), in China.
His professional carrier evolved from electrical engineering technician between 1982 – 1986, after he joined the newly-created Informatics Centre (CIUEM) at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), where he served as Head of the Computer Maintenance Department (1986-1988), Deputy Director of CIUEM (1989-1992) and Director of CIUEM (1992-1997).
From 1997 to 2005, Dr Venâncio was Vice-Rector for Administration & Resources and Information and Communications Technologies at UEM and in 2005 was appointed Minister of Science and Technology. As Director of CIUEM, he was a key player in bringing the Internet to Mozambique and in developing CIUEM as a centre of expertise for South-South cooperation programmes, within the framework of the MHO programme.
From 1996 to 1998 he masterminded the development of the Mozambique ICT Policy and ICT Strategy that were later approved by the Cabinet in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
He was key player in the promotion and expansion of ICT in Mozambique. His activities included lecturing the discipline of Data Communications and Networks in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of UEM; conception and development of the Mozambican Information and Communication Technology Institute (MICTI) and establishment of the Acacia Program in Mozambique.
From 1996, he served on many national and international committees concerned with ICT, including the African Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) of UNECA, and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Informatics Programme. He also served as the Executive Secretary of the Mozambique Acacia Advisory Committee and the president of the UNESCO Regional Informatics for Africa (RINAF).
He also published a number of articles and publications in the field of ICT for national, regional and international institutions and organizations. In 1998, he received the UNESCO Albert Einstein Medal for Science and Technology.