AITEC Southern Africa ICT Summit
5-6 December 2012
Joachim Chissano International Conference Centre Maputo, Mozambique
4 December: Welcome Reception, Polana Hotel
5-6 Decemberr 2012: Conference & Exhibition, Centro Internacional de Conferencia Joaquim Chissano
7 December 2012: Maluana Science & Technology Park Official Opening
Celebrating the Launch of Africa’s Silicon Veldt
The AITEC Southern Africa ICT Summit in Maputo over 20-23 November 2012 will mark the opening of the Mozambique Science & Technology Park at Maluana. The actualisation of this visionary research, training and business facility is an important milestone in the development of high-tech expertise and institutional capacity for Mozambique and Southern Africa.
The Summit will gather the region’s leading ICT policy-makers, regulators, innovators, developers, academics, researchers and businesses to celebrate the Park opening while at the same time sharing knowledge, developing knowledge sharing and business linkages and exploring investment and market development opportunities across the SADC region.
The Summit will be held under the auspices of the Mozambique Ministry of Science & Technology and organised by AITEC Africa.
The Mozambique government’s substantial investment in the development of the Science & Technology Park reflects its strong commitment to partnering with the private sector to achieve its economic development vision based on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology to take the national economy beyond its current dependency on extractive industries and the importation of technology and skills. The Park provides the world-class infrastructure on which world-class innovation, product development, entrepreneurship and training can be built – provided local and international investors seize the abundant opportunities that this facility presents.
The purpose of the Summit is to highlight these opportunities, identify the priority technological needs that need to be addressed in the region and encourage small and large enterprises to take up the challenge of developing the applications, innovations and business models needed to improve the quality of life of the region’s citizens
The Mozambique government is fully committed to a regional vision that opens regional markets, deepens economic integration and intensifies cross-border synergies. The Summit is intended to catalyse the achievement of these goals through the application of technological innovation and entrepreneurship, taking up the Mozambican governments invitation to local, regional and international stakeholders to base their operations in Mozambique in general – and at the Science & Technology Park in particular.
So far IBM and Oracle have seen the potential of the Park and committed to establishing training and development facilities there. Other stakeholders need to take their lead – and the Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges available for them in the local and regional markets.
Thought-leaders are invited to contribute to the Summit in the following ways:
* Participating in panel discussions
* Making formal presentations
* Leading mini-workshops
The Summit will be in English and Portuguese, with simultaneous translation.
Tuesday 4 December: Welcome Reception
Wednesday 5 Decemberr: Opening of the conference by President Armando Guebuza in morning; Prawn Glory Networking Barbeque in the evening.
Thursday 6 December: Gala Dinner with Graca Machel as Guest Speaker
Friday 7 December: Science & Technology Park Opening Ceremony
Please send conference content proposals to either of the Conference Directors:
Mozambique: Contantino Sotomane, Ministry of Science & Technology, Tel +258-84 3456387 #
Inernational: Sean Moroney, AITEC Africa, Tel: +44(0)1480 880774, email@example.com
To apply for delegate registration, log on to www.aitecafrica.com