ICT Africa Investment Summit 2006 hosts Youth Summit in Rwanda

Africa's Youth Meet in Rwanda

The ICT Africa Investment Summit is an annual forum where African stakeholders in the ICT sector gather together to address issues that are critical to securing increased investments in the broadcasting, IT and telecommunications infrastructure – and service delivery – in Africa. The Summit also highlights the investment opportunities in the sector and identifies options for accelerated development of the ICT infrastructure in Africa.

For the year 2006 this event will be hosted by Rwanda in collaboration with Kemilinks International. The event which will be held in Kigali (Rwanda) from the 4th to the 6th of May 2006, at the Conference Centre of the Intercontinental Hotel will bring together African stakeholders in the ICT sector ranging from policy makers, regulators, operators, service providers, potential investors, financial institutions, consumers and others.

A major highlight of the 2006 edition of the summit is the Youth Forum. Youth and ICTs_Rwanda’s proposal for the youth forum within the main summit has been approved by the organizers, and Africa’s youth will participate under the umbrella of the ICT Africa Investment Summit Youth Caucus. Youth participation to the summit will be a new and challenging opportunity for this group of young professionals to bring to governments, private sector and donors their specific concerns and strategies for the establishment of sustainable infrastructure within the ICT sector in Africa – and how to improve the service delivery.

This is of benefit to all participants of the summit considering the position of youth in the current fabric of the society. Noting that the median age of the African population is less than 20 – and the fact that young people have unprecedented potentials in embracing ICTs, adapting them to their context and when possible inventing those technologies in order to create digital opportunities for all – the youth element of the summit is of major importance to organizers and participants.

If you are interested in participating in the Youth Forum, please download the guide here. We hope that the guide will help you take action at the national level as we prepare for the Youth Forum. You can also register on the mailing list of the ICT Africa Investment Summit Youth Caucus, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ictisyouthafrica

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