South Sudan 1st ICT4D Conference

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:00pm
Where: 
South Sudan, Juba
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Lydia Gachungi (l.gachungi@unesco.org)

The 1st South Sudan Information Communication Technology for Development Conference (ICT4D) will take place from 25th-27th February 2015, at the new Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services premises in Gumbo, Juba.
This is a joint effort between UNESCO, Youth Technology Development Organization (YTDO), the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal services and with the kind support from UNWomen, Ericsson, Huawei, Forcier Consulting and other partners.

Among other expected outcomes from this ICT4D conference, is the establishment of the South Sudan Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as per international standards. Like minded partners will also be requested to jointly support the establishment of a Technology Innovation Hub, to be managed by the youth and for the youth, as a laboratory to incubate information and technology ideas and with a view to creation of jobs and youth self-employment opportunities.

This ICT conference also comes at a time when South Sudan’s new fibre optic cable is expected to not only open up regional connectivity, but also ensure faster and cheaper internet access in the country; hence the conference is very timely.