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SHOROBE GETS ICTs WISE
31/05/13
the Ministry of Transport and Communications together with ICT stakeholders led by BOCRA commemorated the annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) in the North West District, in Shorobe.
SHOROBE GETS ICTs WISE
May 17th 2013, marked a historic day in the lives of the people of Shorobe and her neighboring villages. On this day we saw the Ministry of Transport and Communications together with ICT stakeholders led by BOCRA commemorating the annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) in the North West District. WTISD is an international annual event that is commemorated on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention, and the foundation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU is in effect responsible for setting standards and radio regulations that govern the development of international telecommunications. The theme for the 2013 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was ‘ICT’s and improving Road safety’. The Minister of Transport and Communications, Honourable Nonofo E. Molefhi, M.P said “We commemorate WTISD in Shorobe to reflect on Botswana’s achievements in the usage of ICTs as part of our mandate to ‘bridge the digital divide’ between Urban Centers and Rural areas, the haves and the have-nots, the wealthy and the poor and other socio-economic variables we find in the country”. The Minister further stated that the theme for this year’s WTISD is ‘ICTs and Improving Road Safety’ and he explained that Road safety is a major concern to the authorities and the people of Botswana. Current rankings by the World Economic Forum indicate that “our country is not doing well in the Global Road Safety situation”. He went on to say “We have every reason as Government to be worried by low levels of knowledge, attitude and practice by road users who ignore road traffic laws, despite an array of ICT related interventions to have Safer Roads in Botswana today and beyond 2016.”He further stated that since the introduction of ICT’S in a lot of areas people will be able to access services quickly without hassles. The Guest speaker Mr Cross Kgosidiile congratulated the Minister for having taken the WTISD to Shorobe because that was one of the ways that we can make the concept of inclusive society a reality. The Guest Speaker went on to say the theme for this year acknowledges the existence of the problem of road traffic accidents and suggests that we should harness the power of ICTs to counter the problem. Road traffic accidents are a big impediment to the national development agenda, because it weighs heavily on the National Budget. WTISD ultimately aims to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of Internet and other Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies, as well as finding ways to bridge the digital divide.
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