AfICTA elects new Chairman
L to R: Immediate Past Chair Dr. Jimson Olufuye, Newly Elected Chair Engr. Hossam Elgamal
At its 6th Annual General Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 9 October, 2018 after its founding in 2012, and in line with its constitution, AfICTA - Africa ICT Alliance elected its 2nd Chairman, Engr Hossam Elgamal of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Mr Elgamal succeeds Dr Jimson Olufuye its founder and inspiration. In his farewell speech, Dr Olufuye outlined 17 achievements recorded during his tenure which included according to him “Constructive African ICT Business/Professional Advocacy/engagement at the United Nations (UN) vis-a-vis Membership of the UN Working Group (WG) on Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Improvement 2011, UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development WG on Enhanced Cooperation 2013-2014 & 2016-2018, IGF UN Secretary-General's Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) from 2011 till date” and “Growth of member countries from 6 to 30 with 24 African countries to go. Current membership are from Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Cote d’Ivore, Ghana, Tunisia, The Gambia, Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Chad, Benin, DRC, Senegal, Uganda, Mauritius, Cameroon, Gabon and Lesotho.” Full text of his speech is available here.
In his acceptance speech, Engr Elgamal thanked Dr Olufuye for all the good works he had done and promised to take the Alliance to greater heights in collaboration with his colleagues on the board and members in general. Full text of his acceptance speech is available here.
Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) is a concerned private sector led alliance of ICT Associations, multi-national corporations, companies, organisations and individuals in the ICT sector in Africa.
Its vision is to fulfil the promise of the digital age for everyone in Africa while its mission is to encourage multi-stakeholder dialogue fostering accelerated and ICT enabled development in Africa and the use of cutting-edge innovative technologies including mobile, computing and satellite technologies to achieve an Information society in Africa.
Its core values are:
1.Organising non-government ICT business/professional stakeholders in Africa for effective local and continental advocacy
2.Focal point for Africa ICT advocacy in the global digital economy.
3.Promotion of African digital literacy in collaboration with stakeholders.
4.Partnerships with the African Union and the regional / sub-regional economic commissions towards realizing global sustainable development targets for Africa
5.Support for effective dialogue between members and policy makers.
6.Mobilizing core leadership of African ICT professionals and experts in the business community for full engagement in the global Internet Governance multi-stakeholder dialogues.
7.Promoting business partnerships and match-making between members and their associations' members.
8.Contributing to capacity development by promoting good practices, encouraging regional projects, sharing data (skills, expertise, events, business announcements, exhibitions, seminars)
9.Organising annual regional summit for knowledge sharing, trade facilitation and cross-African advocacy.