Open source software on agenda for SA government ICT conference

By   |  February 17, 2004

Open source software will be one of the main issues on the agenda when this year\’s 5th annual ICT in Government Convention kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa later this month. The conference, to run from 24 to 25 February at the Sandton Convention Centre, will include presentations from open source advocates such as Nhlanhla Mabaso of the CSIR\’s Open Source Centre and Novell South Africa.

According to organisers, the theme for this year\’s event will be \”using ICT to enhance government service delivery\” and the conference is expected to attract more than 250 delegates from both the private and public sectors.

Other issues on the agenda include security and anti-corruption and the impact ICTs have in reducing risk and enhancing service delivery, public private partnerships (PPPs) and how PPPs can financially enable public sector service delivery, convergence and enabling organisations to improve productivity, support mobility and ultimately save money, among others.

High level speakers for the two day convention include the Minister of Communications, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, the Director-General in the Department of Communications, Dr Andile Ngcaba, Chairperson of the Open Source Software Working Group, Nhlanhla Mabaso and panels by MTN and Siemens Business Services, as well as an international delegation from the government of Canada.

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