The Fourth Conference of the African Ministers of Communications and Information Technology will open today Sunday at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum during Sept2-6 with the participation of 14 African state . The conference will review a number of specialized papers aimed at increasing the political and economic power and boosting the cooperation in the field of technology in the African continent . Khartoum hosts the conference as Sudan was elected head of the conference at the last session in Abuja, Nigeria, August, 2010.
The conference seeks to harmonize policies in telecommunications and IT in Africa; activate a partnership between the EU and Africa on infrastructure and on the information society, space , electronic networks in Africa; integrate IT and communication in national programs; to encourage the integrations of IT policies in other sectors at the national, regional, and continental levels; encourage the African private sector to invest in IT networks and communications projects; establish a national structure to use technology in education to implement NEPAD E-School; and increase the use of e-mail as a part of the national strategy.
The conference will discuss information security, legal protection for information systems, appropriate legislation against cyber crime, and acknowledge the shift from the standard to digital system in radio and TV.
The Sudanese minister of Science, Technology and Communication Issa Bashari said in a press statement that the development of Africa depends on utilization of its resources with the help of communication and technology.