Speakers confirmed for CTO Forum
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has confirmed the list of speakers for its forum scheduled for Bangladesh in September.
The speakers are drawn from a number of countries including the host country as well as Nigeria, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
Officials from such organisations as the Commonwealth, International Finance Corporation, Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme and World Bank have also been confirmed.
Key topics to be discussed include building a sustainable ICT Infrastructure (challenges and opportunities), evaluating the benefits of e-Commerce in emerging markets, mobile technologies, applications and value-added services, creating an efficient e-Governance system, transparency and Open Government, Cloud-based business process outsourcing and financing technological developments in the Commonwealth.
Scheduled for September 8-10 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka, the CTO Forum is the premier ICT conference of the Commonwealth drawing high level participation from ICT ministries, regulators and operators from across the Commonwealth and beyond.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the Ministry of Posts Telecommunications & Information Technology (MoPTICT) will host this year’s edition.
The theme for the 2014 conference will be ICTs for Development: From Access to Inclusive and Innovative Services.
The forum will focus on key aspects of ICT access and utilisation including infrastructure, connectivity, applications, value added services, data and security.
The Forum will precede the two-day CTO’s Council meeting where country delegations, led by policy makers and regulators, will set operational plans for the organisation for the next financial year.
Official speakers confirmed by the time of going to press comprised the host nation – Bangladesh’s minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Professor Tim Unwin and CTO Secretary-General,Juma Kandie.
Other speakers include Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) executive vice chairman Dr Eugene Juwah, Chief Executive Officer for ICT Agency of Sri Lanka Reshan Dewapura, Operations Officer for International Finance Corporation Mohammad Azad Rahman, Lead ICT Policy Specialist for the World Bank Tenzin Dolma Norbhu, Head of Advocacy and Communications, The Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Programme Shazia Omar and Head of Project (English In Action) for BBC Media Action Richard Lace.
– CAJ News
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