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Gambia to host 12th Annual Innovation Africa Digital Summit

Mar 20, 2014, 9:49 AM | Article By: Osman Kargbo

The Gambia will host this year’s 12th Annual Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit from 25 to 27 March at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, where about 300 participants including Africa’s’ Telecom leaders will converge to discuss the theme: ‘Quality of Service and Customer Experience’.

The theme is considered as one of the most pressing issues facing Africa’s telecommunications industry.

The Summit, which will be hosted by The Gambia in partnership with Extensia Ltd – an international firm that promotes ICT across Africa, will bring together policymakers, regulators, C level representatives from fixed, mobile and ISP operators, and major end users, introducing them to international solution providers and consultants, as well as providing them with a world-class conference programme and one-to-one business meetings to accelerate telecoms and ICT growth in Africa.

According to a press release from Extensia Ltd, 15 ministers of ICT have confirmed their attendance and more than 25 individual African ministries will be represented over the duration of this important summit.

Extensia Ltd supports sustainable growth of telecoms and ICT across Africa. Its flagship IAD summit “has run every year without break for the past 11 years and is widely acclaimed as the best place to do business” and meet top decision-makers in the African telecoms and ICT space.

“This year’s event seeks to support the most pressing agenda facing stakeholders in the development of the ICT sector and its need to improve QoS, from policy to regulation (in terms of networks to content management), while promoting the understanding of the needs of the very diverse African market, hence the theme of the proposed Banjul IAD Summit, ‘Towards Service Excellence’,” a statement from the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) stated.

“In view of the anticipated high level of networking and business engagement opportunities for our local industry, we at MOICI, are of the view that this will further boost our ambition to be the ICT hub of the sub-region,” the statement said, adding: “Indeed the image of the country will be further boosted and leaders in the global ICT industry will be introduced to opportunities available in our country.”

It also stated that a country profile panel themed: “building a sustainable ecosystem” is scheduled for the second day of the event.