The 8th edition of the CIO100 Symposium & Awards attracted over 350 CIOs & senior IT business executives from across East Africa with prominent business leaders and IT vendors from across the region.
The event, which is being held in Naivasha, Kenya began yesterday and was formally opened by Joseph Mucheru, Kenya’s ICT cabinet secretary who challenged participants to offer unparalleled insights to government agencies, private enterprises and technologists to achieve the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).
“The rapid digitization witnessed across the country is an affirmation of the commitment from the top leadership and the opportunities that lie in wait to sustain the citizen’s appetite and uptake of digital services,” said Mr. Mucheru. “By partnering with Project Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Kenya aims at being the first country to commercialize a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space to connect undeserved communities in the country. Our target through this partnership is to achieve 100% 4G connectivity in the country and offer Internet access is a basic human right.”
According to Mr. Mucheru the government is open to creating favorable policies and engaging local ICT professionals to grow the ICT ecosystem in both public and private sectors.
The over 350 CIOs and senior IT business executives from across East Africa are meeting in sessions and panel discussions to address the challenges the regional ICT industry faces and come up with solutions and celebrate their achievements. Now in its eight year, the CIO100 Symposium and Awards has become the go to place for CIO’s in the region to present and forge new partnerships and draw inspiration from each other. The conference brings home technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators from both the public and private sectors to discuss digital transformation.