NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
10TH INNOVATION AFRICA DIGITAL SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN ADDIS ABABA: PRESS RELEASE
August 11, 2011
The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) of Ethiopia is proud to announce its partnership with Extensia to bring the 10th Annual Innovation Africa Digital Summit to Ethiopia. The summit will be held in Addis Ababa from the 27th through the 29th of March 2012.

The Innovation Africa Digital Summit is considered the premier business summit for supporting the sustainable growth of the African ICT sector and brings together up to 350 leaders covering the African ICT industry including ministers, regulators, service providers, major end users and leading international solution providers. The event includes a conference program, exhibition, networking and private business meetings which encourage debate, discussions and facilitate very high level business decisions. The Ministry believes that such type of a summit will boost the ICT development endeavors at a national level.

H.E Mr. Peter Gatkuoth Gey, State Minister of the Communication and Information Technology Ministry, emphasizes the need to conduct an event of such kind which will bring together the international technology companies and policy makers in the sector so that Ethiopia will benefit more from attracting international ICT investors which is of paramount importance for maximizing the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Ethiopia.

The State Minister also explains as targeted goals have been set by the sector on the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), this summit is expected to play its own role in showing the government’s commitment and interest to work with the international technology innovators which will accelerate the ICT development initiatives being undertaken nationally, and thereby fulfilling the expected result to be realized within the coming few years.

Due to the impressive developments taking place in Ethiopia, Extensia was pleased with MCIT’s decision to host the 10th anniversary of this auspicious summit in Addis Ababa. Extensia’s CEO Tariq H Malik explained that "Ethiopia has made great headways in their development of communications, bridging the digital divide and reaching out to the rural areas. "We are very excited to bring our anniversary (10th Annual) summit to Ethiopia, and look forward to further connecting Ethiopia’s ICT ecosystem with that of Africa and the rest of the world." He continues to say that "we are grateful for the support of the ICT- ET association and honored by the strong endorsement and partnership with The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Ethiopia."

MCIT and Extensia intend to also promote the Addis Ababa ICT Park to global technology companies at the Summit.

Source: Ministry of ICT, Ethiopia http://www.mcit.gov.et/?q=node/96


IMPORTANT AGM INFORMATION FROM ICT-ET
August 9, 2011
Dear ICT Community,

Information and Communication Technology Association- Ethiopia (ICT-ET) would like to inform you of the following activities:

1) We request that all companies & individuals register online to become members before August 28, 2011 at http://www.ictet.org/membership.php

a. Companies- Membership fees assessed but have voting rights (payments would be accepted starting September 8, 2011)

b. Individuals- No membership fees assessed and have no voting rights

2) We request registered companies to participate at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 8, 2011 at DH Geda, 7th Floor where the following board positions will be filled:

a. President

b. Vice President

c. Treasurer

d. Secretary General

e. Controller

f. Extra (if required)

g. Extra (if required)

h. We also need to assign a Chairman and Vice Chairman of the AGM

i. Please note as well that we need to ensure that at least three of the board members will be the Policy Leads of the three sectors of ICT-ET: Information Technology, Communications Technology and Broadcasting Technology

j. Please submit nominations to info@ictet.org by August 29, 2011

3) All nominations will be posted on the ICT-ET website by August 31, 2011

Thank you.

ICT-ET


IBM EYES EMERGING IT IN AFRICA, INKS DEAL IN ETHIOPIA
July 5, 2011
IBM eyes emerging IT in Africa, inks deal in Ethiopia IBM on Wednesday said it has signed a $3 million deal with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the country’s largest, to modernize and expand its IT infrastructure.

Big Blue will provide hardware, software and services to support the bank in transitioning from manual financial processes augmented by HP and Sun infrastructure to real-time services.

The bank hopes that the IT upgrade, as well as plans to open 500 new branches and roll out 200 new ATMs, will help it boost its number of accounts by 25 percent annually. (It currently counts 372 branches in its portfolio.)

On the back end, the upgrade will help the bank integrate more closely with credit card providers such as Visa and Mastercard. It will also pave the way for better mobile and Internet banking services, essential banking tolls in the 21st century.

Details on the revamp: *Power Systems and System Storage DS8800 disk storage system *Tivoli and WebSphere software Estimated performance boost: 50 percent *Estimated energy savings: 50 percent *Estimated cost reductions: 40 percent *Operational by August

Thanks to its size, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia is known for leading the industry in its home country; for example, it was the first bank in Ethiopia to introduce ATMs in 2003, as well as among the first to offer Visa cards in 2010.

The deal is the latest in a string for IBM, which is trying to build up business on the African continent. Previously, it inked IT deals with the National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania, three banks in Nigeria, First National Bank in Namibia and government finance agencies in Senegal and Cameroon. To date, the company has a presence in 20 of the 54 African nations.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/ibm-eyes-emerging-it-in-africa-inks-deal-in-ethiopia/51602