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PS: Information key production factor beside labour, capital

16th November 2012
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Dr Florence Turuka

The government has vowed to continue creating a conducive environment for investment and foster the use of Information Communication Technology in all its national development operations.

This was said in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Dr Florens Turuka, when opening a two-days International Ubuntunet – Connect Conference 2012 which is hosted by the Tanzania Education and Research Network (TERNET).

The conference attracted 50 participants from 24 countries worldwide, and is sponsored by various organisations including the Open University of Tanzania (OUT), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Seacom and National Start up Resource Centre (NSRC).

Dr Turuka said various programmes have been initiated in the promotion, application and use of ICT services.

“Over the last few years, the deployment of ICT has brought about improvement in livelihoods and increased productivity,” he said.
He emphasised that information is a fundamental factor of production, along side capital and labour.

He urged experts to popularise utilisation of ICT in all social economic activities, especially those relating to farming, tourism, health and education.

“I believe, in this way ICT would immensely equip people including disadvantaged in one way or the other with information , knowledge and skills with which to improve their social and economic state,” explained.

Dr Turuka also thanked the European Commission for funding the cross border connectivity project being implemented via Africa Connect Project.

He said the government is open and willing to listen to views and ideas from experts on how to bring quality services and modern technology to people through research collaborations.

“The government is quite aware of the importance of research and education collaboration to stimulate faster economic growth so as to increase income of people in order to enable them to have better life,” he noted.

Speaking at the conference, Ubuntu Connect Alliance chairperson Prof Zimani Kadzamira, said the conference will focus on research and education networking activities in Africa.

He said the Conference brings together practitioners in the research and education networking community, policy makers, academicians, connectivity providers and a pool of expertise from across Africa and beyond.

The annual networking conference provides opportunities for people with special interests to share their experiences, ideas and plans in the light of research and education networking and applications.

UbuntuNet Alliance mission is to secure affordable high speed international connectivity and efficient ICT access and usage for African National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).

For his part, TERNET chairman Prof John Kondoro, said the meeting is held in Tanzania for the first time and will help to promote various issues relating to ICT research.

Since 2008 the alliance which is headquartered in Malawi has held similar conferences in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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