Tanzania shuns regional “technovation” opportunity

TANZANIA has been reported to shy away from an important innovation, telecommunications and technology conference in Kenya that ended yesterday.

According to the organisers, Nation Media Group (NMG), this was one of the biggest technology conferences in the East African region. The forum presents an unparalleled opportunity to gain insights from some of Africa’s most on-demand technocrats and leaders in the digital space.

The conference, which includes ICT heroes from various African countries, kicked off on Thursday in Mombasa and was attended by – among others – Rwanda’s Minister for ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, senior executives of major ICT companies, banks, telecommunications and information gurus.

SAUTI KUBWA understands that the organizers of the conference sent an invitation to Tanzania, but until the meeting began, there was no response.

Tanzania’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, claimed he did not receive any invitation.

The conference – dubbed “Digital Competitiveness in a Flat World” – brought together experts from Kenya and around the continent.

Dr Wale Akinyemi from Nigeria, one of the key presenters, warned Africa of the dangers of digital colonization. “Anyone with the ability to take away your voice has control over you,” he said.

Stakeholders and sought-after experts came together to share their experiences and give ideas on implementing a digital road across industries.

As per the programme, the conference examined digital trends on the continent and look into how organizations can change their business approach, processes and collaboration to enable them deliver value to their stakeholders.

Some of the topics the conference was exploring included the digital world, leading in a digital economy and hacking digital innovation for sustainability – an African context.