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Lesotho attends telecoms summit

by Lesotho Times
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Bereng Mpaki

A LESOTHO delegation last week traveled to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Summit in South Korea where participants from Lesotho are expected to explore possibilities for new partnerships in the diverse world of technology.

The summit provides a window of opportunity for partnerships particularly in the proposed establishment of a technology Park in Ha Belo, Butha Buthe.

This mooted Park is expected to offer state-of-the-art offices for rental in a wide range of businesses with a focus on new technology.

Leading the delegation was the Public Service Minister, Chief Thesele Maseribane, who represented the Prime Minister.

The summit, which kicked off on 25 September and ends today (Thursday), is a global platform for accelerating Information Communication Technology (ICT) innovations.

It aims to deliver economic development and social good faster through its exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and networking hub connecting nations, organisations and individuals.

The summit comes at a time when the coalition government is making strides to establish an electronic governance system (e-government) which will see operations shifting from paper-based documentation to a more secure and efficient electronic system.

It also follows the government’s pronouncement that it identified technology as one of four priority sectors that contributes to economic growth and employment creation, along with tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.

Speaking to the Lesotho Times this week the Assistant Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Public Service Ms Matšele Mohau said the delegation preparatory meetings emphasized the need to exchange ideas and learn from countries that have made remarkable progress on technological advancement.

In a statement, the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology said the summit brings the smartest ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of digital start-ups and ICT Small to Medium Enterprises together with governments, regulators, industry leaders, consultants and experts from emerging and developed markets around the world.

This unique audience has the influence and intelligence to power faster social and economic development, create collaborative opportunity and stimulate industry growth, read part of the statement.

“The Lesotho delegation is in Korea with a mandate to learn from other countries’ specific experiences and thereby ensure that government’s plans for the rollout of technology are implemented across the entire government structure and across every sector of the economy.”

To ensure that Lesotho keeps in tandem with the technological developments across the world, and that domestic investment continues to build and enhance the use of technology as a catalyst for future growth and opportunities, the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology is working with various partners to fulfill this mandate.


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