More Africa NewsMinistry of Innovation and Technology Ethiopia to host 17th annual IAD Summit, June 2019

April 25, 2019by myles

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MiNT) Ethiopia have partnered with Extensia ltd. to host this year’s Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit at the Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia. As Official Summit partner, MInT have committed the highest level of support and participation at the summit, contributing to the agenda by ensuring the participation of high-level speakers from the government of Ethiopia, inviting top representatives from the United Nations, African Union, Smart Africa and other African Governments.

Quote from Minister of Ethiopian Innovation and Technology, His Excellency, Dr. Ing. Getahun Mekuria:

It is my honor to welcome you all to the African’s diplomatic capital—and a rising conference tourism destination city of Addis Ababa. The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MiNT) in collaboration with its esteemed partners organize Ethiopia’s 3rd International ICT Expo week with the intention of bringing together established technology service vendors, private and public sector decision makers, integrators, and users of ICT technology for business or public good, as well as startups and academia with unique solutions, to create important networks and valuable partnerships. The one week event combines, rewarding and recognition of Ethiopian innovators, unrivaled conference content and panels with a major exhibition and a well-crafted networking opportunity. The Expo will take place at the Millennium Hall from June 6 to 10, 2019 and in parallel the Innovation Africa Digital summit (IADs) at Sheraton Addis hotel from June 10 to 11, 2019.

The city of Addis Ababa provides the appropriate setting for business travelers, and those curious to explore the opportunities of the wider Ethiopian market. ICT Expo Ethiopia will also support growth within the private sector and expect to welcome more than 200,000 visitors, and in the IAD summit more than 500 participants expected to participate from the world.

Quote from Extensia CEO:

Extensia is proud to host our flagship IAD summit at the prestigious Sheraton Addis for the 4th time and with continued support from the government of Ethiopia. This year’s IAD summit is great timing for Ethiopia considering the recently announced market liberalisation plans in the country. His Excellency, Dr Getahun Mekuria has embraced the theme of the summit and the opportunity to support African Countries in improving their national ICT agendas.

The 17th annual IAD Summit addresses the need for African Countries to accelerate their ICT maturity. With only 3 sub Saharan African countries in the top 100 of the ITU’s Global ICT maturity index there is much work to do and tremendous opportunities ahead. Each country is looking towards 2030 sustainable development goals and the foundations for the achievement of many of these goals can be supported by a healthy ICT ecosystem. Each country has it’s own distinct identity and own objectives driving their ICT agenda and the IAD summit provides an opportunity to identify best practices and innovative strategies for accelerating these agendas. Global ICT leaders will share thoughts, ideas and best practices with an audience of Ministers, Regulators, Service Providers and Major End Users from across Africa.

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About MInT: the newly formed Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), among many, is responsible for developing policies around Telecoms and ICT in Ethiopia and is currently exploring the possible liberalisation and transformation of the sector.

About Extensia: Extensia is a trusted advisor to many ICT policy makers, regulators, service providers and major end users from across Africa. Exten ska has hosted high level business summits and facilitated business deals across the continent over the past 17 years with the IAD summit being this flagship event hosted annually for the past 17 years in 9 different countries. Contact for further information

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