Following the success of the African Computing & Telecommunications (ACT) 2000 Summit, held at Sun City, the Department of Communications and AITEC Exhibitions & Conferences have announced the dates and venue for ACT 2001. The event will take place at the St George Hotel, near Pretoria, from 30 July to 2 August 2001.
The theme of this year's ACT Summit will be "Human networking to connect Africa". Nortel Networks is the lead sponsor of the event.
Malcolm Bayes, Vice President of Nortel Sub-Saharan Africa says that Nortel Networks welcomes the opportunity to be present and involved in an event that is truly pan-African and designed to provide the continent's IT professionals and managers with an intensive education programme.
"Nortel Networks is entrenched in the business environment that is delivering the rapid deployment of the Internet in Africa and the ACT Summit is an important platform to promote a progressive adoption of new technologies for Internet development," said Bayes.
Announcing the dates and venue, Andile Ngcaba, Director-General of the Department of Communications, emphasised the importance of ACT as the continent's key annual meeting place for IT policy-makers, innovators, suppliers and users. "This event provides everyone in Africa's IT community with opportunities to update our knowledge, meet fellow professionals and decision-makers, and develop common ground to take Africa's digital revolution forward in a creative and dynamic way.
"We are delighted to be working with AITEC to develop this event in South Africa. It brings the continent's major players in the industry to our doorstep and reinforces South Africa's key role in Africa's computing and communications development," said Ngcaba.
AITEC has invited proposals for presentations and workshops at the Summit, focusing on two major streams: Technical Frontiers and Strategic Management.
In addition, ACT 2001 will include a Resellers Forum, aimed at providing a detailed information programme for the continent's technology dealers, distributors and service providers, as well as the African ISP Forum and a major focus on ITC applications in education.