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More African tech quotes from April 2012

May 12, 2012  »  UncategorizedNo Comment

A few more quotes from the past month that address accelerating ICT progress in Africa. Read what business leaders and ministry officials in Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, and Africa at-large have to say about technology.

Government is dissatisfied with the rate and level of internet penetration in the country, hence the need to invest and expand infrastructure to address the situation.”Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Communications, Ghana

I have reviewed the consultant’s report and I must say I was shocked by the enormous tasks and challenges that confront us in making e-commerce a reality in our region.” – Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, Minister of ICT, Mauritius, on the findings of a recent South African Development Community e-commerce readiness study

Yes, the cables have landed but we still require huge levels of investment in infrastructure for Nigerians to enjoy the benefits of broadband internet services.”Tony Ojobo, director of public affairs, NCC

There are no precise statistics when it comes to the exact number of Internet users in Somalia.”Abdisalam Mohammed, marketing director for Global Internet Company, an ISP operating in Somalia

Africa is fast realising that ICT is an enabler of future economic growth.”Johnny Aucamp, GM of strategic relations and business development Africa at MTN Business

Countries need to create a separate company just for managing the fibre. It needs to be that company’s job to sell and market all the services that fibre can bring, including selling capacity to surrounding countries.”David O’Reilly, Sales Director for Africa at FTS

The problem with ICT use in Africa is that most people just know the basics to apply ICT knowledge and its related gadgets such as computers, smart phones and the internet.”Mark Orwiru, ICT consultant and trainer

Note: All quotations include a link to the source that originally cited the speaker.