May 28, 2012, 1:29 PM
International IT experts, officials from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) as well as senior government officials from the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure on Wednesday began a two-day forum on the first Technology and Business forum at the Paradise Suites Hotel. The forum was sponsored by PURA and Gamtel.
Delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ms Nancy Nyang permanent secretary at the Ministry expressed great pleasure in opening this first technology and business forum to be organised in The Gambia, jointly organised by the Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG) and Google.
“We are proud of ITAG’s efforts to organise this forum with focus on developing the skills of developers and exposing them to new and emerging technologies, to open avenues for them. This I believe brings new opportunities in ICT development, which is in line with Google’s expansion and development aspirations in Africa”, she added.
Ms Nyang went further to explain that the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI), since the inception of ITAG in 2004, has always collaborated with ITAG towards the development of ICT within the country.
In March 2010, after the new Executive of ITAG assumed office, they paid a courtesy call on the Minister and discussed the various initiatives and plans to carry out, she continued.
“The Ministry is proud to be associated with ITAG, because their initiatives are in line with government policies and strategies to foster ICT development in the country”, Ms Nyang went on.
According to the permanent secretary, ITAG’s mission is to promote the growth, development and use of ICT through collaboration and partnership with relevant stakeholders, by providing a platform to ensure advocacy and accessibility to ICT services for the socio economic development of The Gambia.