The lack of digital skills in key areas of Namibia’s ICT industry as well as the lack of digital literacy among the majority of the rural masses hampers government’s efforts towards digital inclusion, an official said Wednesday.
Namibia’s Minister of Information Stanley Simataa made the remarks when he addressed delegates on Wednesday at the 3rd Annual Namibia Internet Governance Forum in Windhoek.
“The perennial lack of appetite for innovations is compounded by the absence of an innovation ecosystem,” he said.
“Given heightened cybersecurity threats, more attention needs to be paid to the security of personal data, the security of operations of institutions as well as the security of the nation-state,” he added.
Furthermore, the minister said any slackness in the ecosystem has the potential to compromise the security of the Internet subsequently the trust and confidence of users.
“Such threats need to be properly mitigated,” he added.
Going forward, Simataa said despite the many challenges faced, Namibia should continue to derive maximum utility from the Internet.
Meanwhile, the two-day event will see delegates discuss the rapid rate of scope, expansion, adaptability, and ingenuity of the Internet in the southwestern African nation. Enditem