Depart­ment praised for win­ning award in Korea

The New Age (Free State) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

THE ex­cel­lence award won by the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment depart­ment in the prov­ince at an ICT con­fer­ence in Korea re­cently is a sign that the depart­ment is on the right track.

The award was for ex­cel­lence in pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tive in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions with so­cial im­pact.

The depart­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vice Depart­ment took part in the an­nual event of the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union (ITU) tele­com ex­hi­bi­tion in Korea.

“From the prov­ince two small, medium, mi­cro en­ter­prises se­lected by the na­tional depart­ment, Lob­ster Con­sult­ing and Let­satsi ICT re­ceived the op­por- tu­nity to at­tend the ITU tele­com,” the depart­ment said in a state­ment.

It said the del­e­gates were ex­posed to the in­ter­na­tional in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy en­vi­ron­ment, learn­ing from their in­ter­na­tional peers and se­cur­ing po­ten­tial part­ner­ships to grow their ex­pe­ri­ence and busi­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment the event gave the SMMEs and the depart­ment much needed exposure and con­tacts with de­ci­sion mak­ers, pol­icy shapers, ven­dors and in­vestors.

“This year’s fo­cus of Tele­com was on fos­ter­ing and sup­port­ing the suc­cess of SMME’s in the ICT ecosys­tem as key stake­hold­ers driv­ing so­cio-eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation.

“The event is a plat­form for ac­cel­er­at­ing ICT in­no­va­tions. It aims to de­liver eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through its ex­hi­bi­tion for dig­i­tal so­lu­tions, fo­rum for shar­ing knowl­edge and net­work­ing hub con­nect­ing na­tions.”

The depart­ment said it was a unique in­ter­na­tional plat­form for in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in the govern­ment and in­dus­try to con­nect with SMMEs and en­trepreneurs to ex­hibit and ex­plore part­ner­ship so­lu­tions and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties among oth­ers.

In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy stu­dent at Sol Plaatje Univer­sity Cre­ston Cam­pher said since their re­cent work­shop in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism more aware­ness cam­paigns were needed on cy­ber crime. It was of im­por­tance to bring all the role play­ers on board to en­sure that peo­ple did not be­come vic­tims of cy­ber crime.

“The goal is also to get young de­vel­op­ers in­volved in know­ing what to do when such in­ci­dents oc­cur. And this is the right place to start, in the univer­sity where we have young peo­ple who are ea­ger to have a go on such projects,” he said.

He said as young peo­ple were the ones who were in most cases on so­cial me­dia they were tar­get­ing them to be on the look out and know how to deal with such chal­lenges and mostly re­port them to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

“We hope that through th­ese events we can con­tinue to raise our tal­ent among young peo­ple as well as un­lock­ing skills which are hid­den in town­ships and other parts of the prov­ince.”

We are hop­ing that through th­ese events we can con­tinue to raise our tal­ent among young peo­ple as well as un­lock­ing skills which are hid­den

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