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Gambia hosts international conference on ICT

The Gambia is playing host to an international conference on 'African Growth through technology' which opened in Banjul, the capital, on Wednesday, PANA reported Thursday.

According to sources, the three-day conference revolves around the theme: 'discuss, educate and showcase' Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The participants are said to be looking at how ICT tools can lift Africa out of poverty.

Addressing the gathering, Gambia's Minister of Trade, Integration and Employment, Abdou Colley, reportedly highlighted the impact of ICT on people's daily lives.

Mr. Colley was said to have pointed out that  the ICT revolution, just like the industrial revolution, contributed greatly in global trade of goods and services.

He reportedly emphasized the key rôle ICT plays in globalization and as a driver of growth and prosperity across the globe.

“It is gratifying to note that The Gambia has not been left out of this global bandwagon as the country also witnessed its own ICT revolution,' Colley was quoted as saying.

'Although much more remains possible, the humble strides registered have changed our daily routines in the way we consume information and use and conceive of technology.”

The conference is jointly organised by The Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG) and InSIST Global Gambia with support from the Gambian government.

Pana 07/08/2014