ITU’s committed to education and training in ICTs to help achieve the SDGs

ITU, a United Nations specialized agency for ICTs says its committed to education and training in ICT to help its member countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking during the recent Capacity Building Symposium held in Nairobi, Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau said,”This Capacity Building Symposium marked the start of an important discussion on new skill requirements in the digital era, particularly in the context of working towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
Sanou added that Kenya is today a renowned tech-hub and a model for ICT innovation and is a great example especially, for young people and future generations of leaders in developing countries.

The Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium saw over 400 delegates attend and pledge their continued commitment to education and training in information and communications technologies (ICTs) to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The symposium, opened by His Excellency William Ruto, Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, welcomed Ministers, Directors-General, Regulatory Authorities, academics, entrepreneurs, and students from around the world, who disccussed future priorities for capacity building, new skills requirements in a fast changing ICT environment, and new ways of learning in the digital era.

Francis Wangusi, Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya and chair of the Symposium, called on participants to “take full advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience from the symposium to increase ICT capacity building in their countries in order to drive the digital revolution forward.

“Increasingly, we are witnessing ICTs exerting considerable pressure on the orthodox structures of our educational systems, challenging traditional service provision and heightening the demand for the transformational e-government services across jurisdictions,” He said. “Owing to the above inevitable push experienced in this digital era, concerted care must be taken to urgently address both short and long-term possible risk of ICT skills shortage.  This imminent challenge therefore makes this symposium key, not only for Kenya but for the entire global ICT fraternity.”

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Wangusi called on the need for partnerships and collaborations to address the challenge of ICT skills gap today and for the future.

With emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT). advent of smart cities, smart societies,  smart homes and the growth of big data, ICT professionals require different sets of knowledge and skills therefore governments, industry, universities and other higher education institutions  need to invest in, and develop a range of ICT skills at various levels of immersion, which will not only enable increased participation in the economy, but will ensure the creation of digital citizens for a digital society.