Com­mon­wealth HR, ICT forum opens in Kingston to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

THE TWO-DAY Com­mon­wealth Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CTO) Hu­man Re­sources & In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nolo­gies (HR/ICT) forum opens to­day at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston.

The con­fer­ence is to be held un­der the theme, ‘Hu­man Re­sources for the In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety’, and is be­ing co­hosted by the Of­fice of Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tion (OUR).

The forum will be of­fi­cially opened by Min­is­ter of Science, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy Dr An­drew Wheat­ley, fol­lowed by wel­come ad­dresses by Yas­min Chong, a mem­ber of the OUR, and Shola Tay­lor, CTO’s sec­re­tary gen­eral.

The CTO says its an­nual con­fer­ence is specif­i­cally de­signed for hu­man resource pro­fes­sion­als in the ICT sec­tor to help plan, pro­cure, de­velop and re­tain ap­pro­pri­ate hu­man re­sources, as well as to un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of ICTs in hu­man resource management.

Among the key top­ics for dis­cus­sion are: ‘How could ICTs stream­line the re­cruit­ment process’; ‘The role of ICT in proac­tively cre­at­ing and en­sur­ing an eth­i­cal work­place’; ‘Em­ployee en­gage­ment’ and ‘Women in ICT’.

Slated speak­ers in­clude Juma Kandie, di­rec­tor, Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity, Ghana; Han­nah Ash­iokai Akrong, hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor of Voda­fone Lim­ited, Ghana; Cordel Green, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion, Ja­maica; Karl Hentschel, con­sul­tant and trainer at Mod­ern Con­cepts Com­mu­ni­ca­tions So­lu­tions Inc, Canada; Janet Henry, hu­man re­sources man­ager at the Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity; Patrick Ster­ling, group hu­man re­sources and IR, Se­prod Ltd; Busi Mtsweni, hu­man re­sources gen­eral man­ager of the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of South Africa; and Mar­i­lyn Flynn, man­ager, tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion of the Sagi­cor Group.

The CTO is the old­est and largest Com­mon­wealth in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion in the field of ICT. It is in­volved fully in the devel­op­ment and use of ICTs for so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment. The management of the or­gan­i­sa­tion recog­nises that it must stay at the cut­ting edge of ICT de­vel­op­ments in or­der to de­liver sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to its mem­bers.

ICTs im­pact all as­pects of gov­er­nance and all sec­tors of busi­ness. Un­der­stand­ing the unique hu­man re­sources needed in the ICT age is a con­stant chal­lenge for hu­man resource pro­fes­sion­als. On the other hand, ICTs play a key role in hu­man resource management.

The CTO is an in­ter­na­tional treaty or­gan­i­sa­tion, and as such, is a not-for­profit en­tity. Any sur­pluses gen­er­ated through the CTO’s ac­tiv­i­ties are re-in­vested in the ac­tiv­i­ties of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for the ben­e­fit of its mem­bers in us­ing ICTs for so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

ICTs im­pact all as­pects of gov­er­nance and all sec­tors of busi­ness. Un­der­stand­ing the unique hu­man re­sources needed in the ICT age is a con­stant chal­lenge

Busi Mtsweni, hu­man re­sources gen­eral man­ager of the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of South Africa.

Han­nah Ash­iokai Mtsweni of Voda­fone, Ghana.

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