The Summit will focus on the following key subject areas:-
Building Smart Cities: The region's cities are hampered by inefficient management and infrastructure, reducing the productivity of their workforces and degrading the quality of life for all levels of society. The smart application of ICT solutions can dramatically transform these cities from their post-colonial quagmire of corruption, maladministration, poor planning and under-performance. The Summit will act as a clearing house for international and regional best practices in order to identify short-term fixes and medium and long-term strategies to create smart cities that serve the needs of their citizens.
Developing Smart Societies: Deploying ICT solutions to increase the quality of life for both urban and rural populations. Delivering improved services in healthcare, education, agriculture and housing.
Creating Smart Enterprises: Smart enterprises are competitive and profitable. In order to compete locally, regionally and internationally Africa's large enterprises, as well as its SMEs, need to plan and implement world-class ICT management systems. The Summit will provide a platform to take a broad perspective on latest enterprise systems.
Exporting Smart Skills: Building an outsourcing industry in East Africa that capitalises in the region's expanding pool of ICT expertise, a tech-savvy workforce and customer-centric interpersonal skills.
These sub-themes will be pursued in the following specialist conference sessions: Cloud Computing World, Mobile Applications World, Data Security World, ICT Enabled Outsourcing World.
As part of the "Smart Exports" sub-theme of the Summits, ICT-Enabled Outsourcing World stream of the conference will focus on exporting the continent's increasing pool of ICT skills and resources - to both nearshore (other African countries) and offshore customers.
"We want to explore the demand there is across the region and internationally for IT-based outsources services, including software and applications development and back-office operations. And we want to look at the business and marketing models that will effectively drive this sub-sector as an expanding employment generator," said Sean Moroney.
Ghana organiser’s spokesman George Offei says, “This year’s AITEC West Africa Summit will bring together companies and organisations with common goals seeking to partner in the development of West Africa’s ICT industry. AITEC has become the defining annual gathering of ICT professionals in West Africa which has contributed to the regional growth of the industry here for over 15 years.”
The AITEC West Africa Summit 2012 takes place from 15-16 August 2012 at the International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana.