IT Leaders West Africa Summit launches

The inaugural IT Leaders West Africa Summit takes place from 28 to 29 November 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The summit is produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events; key strategic information providers to the African IT and telecoms sector.


South Africa, Republic of, Nov, 2012 – The IT Leaders West Africa Summit comes at a critical stage within the West African ICT industry as the growing presence of information technologies appear to be deepening its penetration; raising the possibility that the spread of ICT is set to boost the country’s development. In efforts to improve and expose the industry to radical industry advancements in technology; the summit aims to target key factors hindering the country’s ability to progress.


The inaugural summit launched this morning at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana. Summit moderator Seyram Akotey, CEO, Decision-i Business Intelligence, welcomed all attendees to day one of the summit. The first panel discussion of the summit focused on West Africa’s growth economy and its place in the emerging global landscape; with a look into the severity of inequality within the country. The panel featured industry leaders including; William Tevie, Director General, NITA Ghana; Emeka Okoye, CTO and co-founder of Next2; and Dr Mohammed-Sani Abdulai, Vice President, Internet Society Ghana Chapter.


Justice Agyeman-Darko, the CTO of BusyInternet Ghana will present a keynote targeting high bandwidth cost and low broadband in West African commerce. Telkom SA’s Charlotte Mokoena, the Managing Executive for Customer Experience Management and Global Services is set to present an insightful keynote with a keen interest in convergence and the key to optimising resources.


The summit will feature innovative workshop sessions, designed to provide insight, case studies and the latest industry trends and developments for the enterprise. The workshops will be presented by industry giants Telkom Business and TE Connectivity. Telkom Business will host attendees in an informative session focusing on working together to establish a converged solution across Africa, enabling individual economies to grow. TE Connectivity will have attendees engage in physical infrastructure trends in the office and data centre environments.


Dr Peter Okenyi, the Founder and President of the AISEC Group LLC USA, will launch the afternoon sessions with an interesting outlook into the need for information security due diligence in third party services.


A panel of industry thought leaders will provide invaluable insight into the role of multinational corporations in the development of an information technology industry in West Africa. The panel is set to feature Yaw Owusu, Managing Director, Gateway Innovations; Andy Akoto, Partner, IT Advisory, KPMG Ghana; Kwabena Obiri Yeboah, Co-founder, World E-Business Initiative (WEBI); and Babajide Okusanya, CIO and VP of Information Management and Communications at AIESEC Ghana.


Day one of the IT Leaders West Africa Summit is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and expertise essential in advancing enterprise goals of operational excellence; while targeting industry risks and challenges associated with taking the initial steps toward industry advancements and trends.


The summit is set to boost the West African ICT industry, spearheading transitional improvements throughout the region, and positioning the sector as a leader among competing countries of similar stature. The summit will focus on IT challenges currently facing West Africa’s IT industry, preventing enterprises in the region from reaching the international standards of first world nations. Day two of the summit will take a unique stance in the IT industry through experiences, networking and interactive discussions. Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA for live feeds throughout the summit.

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