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Minister calls for youth involvement in the ICT industry

Minister calls for youth involvement in the ICT industry

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Tjekero Tweya said that corporate companies and other ICT companies must start opening up their business models for broader shareholding giving young people access to ICT.

Tweya said this at the opening of the 4th ICT Summit this week, which is running under the theme ‘Leveraging ICT to unlock economic opportunities for an inclusive society’.

The summit started on 9 October and will run until 11 October at the NIPAM office in Windhoek.

The minister said that elevating the youth in strategic roles of the sector ICT matters will see industrial revolution both in the sector and the country as a whole.

“Young people continue to be at the epicentre of unemployment which is over-arching, not only affecting the youth, but other sectors as well. We must, therefore, be insanely excited as ICT people and work beyond the call of duty as owners and leaders of ICT to pave the way for the youth to rapidly and smoothly penetrate sectors of the ICT sector,” Tweya said.

Furthermore, Tweya said for the growth of the sector to be met, required funds should be raised.

“It is these funds that should develop ICT and once the sector operates in full swing countrywide, the sector will build roads, link the towns, support job creation, build our political regions, and join neighbouring countries to bring about prosperity in Namibia,” he added.



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