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Tanzania: ICT Innovation Awardees Tout for Better Training
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Source Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Tanzania
Created: Apr 11, 2013

Better structured training on Information Communication Technology (ICT) would lead to more skilled ICT manpower in the country, the just awarded ICT innovators have said.

The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) managed Innovation Fund for ICT was set up and financed by TANZICT-project. The fund is a competitive grant focusing on supporting ICT innovators. One of the awardees, Taha Jiwaji of Bongolive bulk SMS innovation identified private ICT training institutions as some of the area that needs to be well equipped to offer quality training.

This, he observed, would add the skills to churn out more professionals in the labour market. Bongo Live is a mobile services company based in Dar es Salaam, whose innovations include group messaging, targeted sms offers, tailored sms services (raffles, voting, surveys) and custom applications that cater to organisations and individuals of all types and sizes.

Another ICT innovator, Rajab Omari said that there should be more training for "softwarepreneurs" with the view of seeing Dar es Salaam becoming a software hub and facilitating SME growth and business incubation to support additional enterprises and create software development enterprises.

"The idea to train the "softwarepreneurs" is based on the global thinking that knowledge-based enterprises are the way of the future," he said A report, "Realising the potential of ICTs in Tanzania" notes that like other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the country has experienced a tremendous upsurge in telephone ownership and use since the advent of mobile phones.

"The number of mobile phone subscriptions rose from close to zero at the turn of the century to some 13 million by July 2009, more than one mobile phone for every two adult citizens," it notes.

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