It is a pleasure to contribute to this on-going discussion.
We appreciate the contribution of ISOC to the transfer of Internet
technology to Africa in form of the training workshops. This has
significantly improved the number of technical personnel on IT in Africa.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done judging from the
population of Africa and the low degree of Internet diffusion into the
continent. A good number of Internet Node Operators in Africa have a
shallow knowledge of IT. Many are venturing into the field mainly because
of the financial gain without making adequate arrangements to acquire the
technology. We have to do a lot of work in Human Resource Development(HRD)
in IT to make sure that Africa can keep up with and contribute to the IT
development. I shall make more contribution on the HRD aspect later.
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On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Clement Dzidonu wrote:
> George and all:
> George just spotted your contribution to AFRIK-IT......
> George Sadowsky wrote:
> > I agree with Vince.
> > During 1973-86 I did tehnology transfer for the United Nations, and
> > worked
> > for short periods of time in 15-20 African countries. Now through the
> > Internet Society I continue to be involved in Africa. At the Addis
> > conference last week on African Connectivity there was a lot of good
> > material presented that was relevant to the spread of the Internet
> > -- and
> > in fact about 20-25% of the attendees were ISOC workshop students who
> > were
> > now taking the lead in extending the Internet in various countries in
> > Africa.
> Yes!! I agree with you..... without the contribution of the ISOC
> Workshops to the pool of technical expertise in Africa (vis a vis
> Internet Node Operators)... African countries would have find the going
> tough..... In fact another batch will be trained at the Geneva INET'98
> in July. George your contribution to this effort through ISOC is
> greatly acknowledged and appreciated.
> All I can say is: ISOC should keep it up.... we need more Internet Node
> operators on the continent to fuel and drive Global connectivity in
> > So when I saw this list I thought -- aha, here's where the new
> > material
> > on the Internet oin Africa is being posted! Not so, at least not yet.
> Yes...you are right.. AFRIK-IT has been running since 1995 and is
> reputed to be a premier list on IT and Telecomunications issues and many
> more...as it relates to Africa.... I guess everyone who matters in
> Africa IT is here.....
> > If this is really a digital culinary travelogue, I'll just get out.
> > But it
> > could be so much more ....
> Yes...is much much more...Stick around and welcome on board....and lets
> hear more from you on this list...
> Bye for now
> Clement Dzidonu Ph.D.
> Department of Computer Science
> National University of Science and Technology (NUST)
> P.O Box 346
> Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
> Tel. +263-9-71736/7 Fax. +263-9-76804