Ministry of ICT works closely with Captains of the ICT industry
The ICT Alliance of Namibia is a stake holder comprised organisation that is committed to the successful development, positive growth and ethical conduct of the Information and Communication Technology society in Namibia. What sets it apart from the rest is the way in which the ICT Alliance functions. The board is elected by its members and members of the board donate their time to the ICT Alliance in service of the ICT society.
This commitment takes many forms such as support of developmental initiatives, ensuring close cooperation between the public and private sectors and serving as cabinet approved advisor to the government of the Republic of Namibia. The ICT Alliance has several subcommittees that focus their expertise and efforts on specific areas. These include subcommittees focussing on Industry, Policy, Universal Access and Capacity Building.
The ICT Alliance was instrumental in an advisory capacity, assisting the government in forming the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies. The government of the Republic of Namibia has shown great vision in consolidating the government ICT infrastructure and services under one ministry that has in its stable the appropriate professional skills to look after one of the most powerful developmental tools that a country can have, namely its Information and Communications Technologies. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and the ICT Alliance remain close partners in the development of the Namibian ICT sector, working together on various initiatives to strengthen not only the ICT industry, but the ICT society as a whole and so ensure sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies has worked closely with the ICT Alliance, among others, in drafting the Communications Bill and it is felt that this landmark piece of legislation will be presented to Cabinet in early 2009. The ICT Alliance is further assisting the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies with its commitment to narrow the digital divide in developing better public access to ICTs in rural areas of Namibia. This ensures that all Namibians have access to new technologies and the internet, levelling the playing field between the disadvantaged and the advantaged when it comes to education, job creation and sustainable development. The Namibian internet identity, the .NA domain is yet another topic in which the public and private sectors are united. NA is to Namibian internet users, their flag and national anthem all rolled into two letters, which are proudly displayed in cyberspace as our national identity. Internet Service Providers, the ICT Alliance and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies have united to ensure that this national resource is liberated and made available to all Namibians, free of any kind of discrimination and managed in a professional manner so as to ensure its growth, which has been stagnant in the past.
The collaboration efforts of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and the ICT Alliance has created a sense of trust and a climate of partnership between the public and private sectors when it comes to ICT in Namibia. This very powerful mix of professional and social focus has already shown very positive results for the ICT society as a whole and the future of ICT looks to be secure and exciting. This is a testament that private public partnerships do work and can yield very positive outcomes towards poverty reduction and sustainable development.
We have entered the information age and now is the time for uniting knowledge and expertise. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and the ICT Alliance has paved the way for all players to join hands in the development of ICT in Namibia. For more information on various initiatives and on how to get involved, contact the ICT Alliance at (061) 253141.