The Namibian prime minister said Monday that the unavailability of electricity infrastructure in semi-urban and remote areas is hampering both the provision and uptake of information and communication technology (ICT) services.
At the launch of the 4th National ICT Summit, Prime Minister Sarah Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said there was still an insufficient telecommunication backhaul infrastructure to very remote rural areas, despite significant progress in some regulatory interventions.
“To date, the benefits of ICTs have not been spread as equally as we would have hoped,” she said. “This has led some to question whether ICTs have a meaningful role to play in bridging the divide between the regions of our country.”
“We are convinced that, if all stakeholders work together, we can create new opportunities and leverage the power of ICTs to help people everywhere in our country to realize their full potential,” she said.
The three-day ICT summit is running under the theme of “Leveraging ICT to unlock economic opportunities for an inclusive society.” Enditerm