Department praised for winning award in Korea
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