Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG), in collaboration with Google, on Wednesday started a two-day first technology and business forum to expose institutions in the country to Google products and services.
Held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, the forum targeted public and private institutions and looked at how institutions could use Google products and services to further grow and expand their businesses.
Speaking on the occasion, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Information, Nancy Jange, said the ministry is delighted to be associated with ITAG because the initiative the association has taken “is in line” with her ministry’s policy.
“The ministry is proud that ITAG has been able to organise its first technology and business forum with Google, focusing on developing the skills of developers and opening them to new and emerging technologies,” she said.
ITAG’s line of operation is also in line with Google’s expansion and development in Africa, hence a forum to dilate on such venture is timely and germane.
“In addition the business forum will provide businesses with the possibility to benefit from the various range of services and applications Google has to offer to support the growth of ICT industry across Africa,” she said.
As the Information ministry puts all necessary ICT infrastructures in place, especially the ACE Africa and Europe submarine cable, it is glad to see ITAG taking steps with Google towards developing capacities and creating awareness within and outside the ICT community, Mrs Jange says.
Speakers at the forum came from different parts of Africa and Europe to present various topics on IT.