Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
With the theme ‘Towards ICT Driven Economy’, the 2nd Annual ICT Professional Conference 2018 (AIPC-2018) took place on 24th -26th October at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event was graced by His Hon. Eng. Atashasta Nditiye Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Samson Mwela Ag.Director General ICT Commission, Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation, and many other distinguished guest speakers.
Almost 600 guests attended the event, which aims to give an opportunity to assess the impact that ICT offers in this era of the knowledge economy that Tanzania is building, while discussing prevalent topics around digital inclusion in Tanzania.
Hon.Eng. Atashasta, Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communications presented his key speech on various efforts within the government to utilize ICT as a model user thus creating high demand for more ICT products and services, the number of measures being implemented to facilitate recognition of ICT professionals which include development of the ICT professional Accreditation Framework and recognition of digital skills certifications both at international and local levels. This creates room for recognition and development of the ICT workforce as stipulated in the National ICT policy 2016. Hon. Eng. Atashasta also highly recommended ICDL certification to the Conference participants.
Another keynote speech was presented by Director General of ICT Commission, Samson John Mwela. He outlined the ICT Commission’s mandate in ICT capacity building and promotion of the ICT profession and standards. One focus of the current policy is to address challenges that people face in order to attain the vision to have culturally, socially and technologically enriched participants in an ICT enabled knowledge society. In the near future, the challenge of non-recognition of ICT professionals will be addressed due to the ICT professionals Accreditation Framework being finalised.
The Chief Executive of ICDL Foundation, Damien O’Sullivan spoke at the high-level panel discussion focusing on three aspects of digital inclusion, which are access, adoption and application. He spoke passionately about how digital skills are empowering people to building strong digital economies across the globe. While referring to ICDL certification, he asked all ICT stakeholders in Tanzania to join ICDL community as it is a global leader in digital skills.