Indo Africa ICT Expo
Kenya is swiftly evolving from being best known as a tourist destination to becoming the ICT hub of East Africa due to the immense investment and expertise going into the ICT sector.
The 2nd Indo Africa ICT Expo themed Delivering Digital Dreams for Developing Nations took place from 1st to 3rd September 2016 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre with the aim of building synergy among India & African countries, showcase innovative & diversified products and services and to bring together leaders across the entire ICT value chain from India and Africa to discuss solutions to regulatory and business.
The event brought together over 300 companies from India and Africa for the conference and exhibition and attracted over 2000 visitors. The Expo, co-hosted by the ICT Authority, was graced by H.E Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary ICT Ministry Kenya, H.E Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications from the Government of India, H.E Akol Kordit, Secretary of Information and communication Sudan, Dr. Jimmy Saamanya, PS ICT Ministry Uganda among other delegates.
The Kenyan Government through the National ICT Master Plan has set out an ambitious blue print aimed at reinforcing and mainstreaming information technology as the driver of business and infrastructure towards realization of its vision 2030 goals. The expo provided a platform for technology transfer and infrastructure development which are key in the transformation of the Kenyan economy and Africa as a whole.
India, which is one of Kenya’s largest trade and investment partner with bilateral trade valued at US$ 4.2 billion, is a growing technological giant with proven capabilities in the ICT sector in areas such as policies, networks, technology, skill development and innovative solutions. This makes it a significant resource partner for the African Continent also bearing in mind that Indian companies have an advantage in Kenya and Africa since they have experience in tackling similar business challenges.
With the advancement in telecommunications which continue to transform business operations and everyday life, the Indo-Africa ICT Expo presentenced some of the latest technologies in health, finance, data collection, communication and analytics which can go a long way in growing African economies.
As India and Africa witness exponential growth in the telecommunication and information technology segments, trade partnership is bound to gain in the field of ICT.