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Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST)
Botswana host IST-AFRICA 6th Edition
17/03/11
This year’s edition of Information Society Technologies in Africa (IST-AFRICA 2011) will be hosted by Botswana from 11th-13th May 2011.

This year’s edition of Information Society Technologies in Africa (IST-AFRICA 2011) will be hosted by Botswana from 11th-13th May 2011. This conference which is organized to measure the regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa is a collaborative initiative between European Union and Africa. The conference will be held at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

Speaking at a breakfast meeting held for media practitioners at Phakalane Golf Estates on 16 March 2011 Miriam Cunningham, who is the Secretariat with IST-AFRICA, said this Conference and Exhibition is designed such that it will put International Research Cooperation and African innovation under the spotlight. The breakfast meeting was called to bring the media practitioners on board so as to help publicize and raise awareness for this upcoming event.


This event which is the first of its kind in the country is expected to strengthen Botswana’s strategic science and technology partnerships with the European Union and raise awareness of the significant progress Botswana has made towards “leveraging information society technologies to support sustainable socio-economic growth”. it is also expected to mobilise and encourage Reseachers in Botswana to rise up and present their findings asa well as publicise them for the benefit of all Batswana. 

IST-AFRICA 2011 is the sixth in an Annual Conference Series and is hosted through the Department of Research Science and Technology (DRST) under the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST) in partnership with Mascom; Botswana Post and CISCO.

It is expected that the conference will focus on the role of ICT for Africa’s Development specifically on Applied ICT research in areas of e-Health; Digital Libraries; Technology and ICT for Networked Enterprise and e-Government and e-Democracy to name a few.

Thanking the participants, Senior Manager-Corporate Service in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology Ms. Hazel Morakaladi appealed to all the media houses to help spread the word on IST-AFRICA 2011 and help sell the idea to the public as they play a major role as community watchdogs. The meeting was attended largely by media practitioners and public relations officers from Government; Parastatals and the private sector.

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