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Scheme to address East Africa ICT skills divide

East AfricaCom
East AfricaCom

NAIROBI – ORGANISERS of this year’s East AfricaCom are recruiting mentors ahead of the launch of the event’s inaugural Mentorship Programme aimed at addressing the business skills gap and quality of engagement between the region’s brightest start-up talents and the telecommunications sector’s greatest minds.

The programme will be among the highlights of the East AfricaCom 2015, scheduled for May 6 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The mentorship programme is designed and developed after close consultation with regional incubator hubs.

The programme will leverage the East AfricaCom advantage as an established event and community meeting place, to nurture skills development and real engagement between both ends of the ICT business spectrum, organisers said.

“We are very pleased that this scheme has been developed in close collaboration with the regions’ largest incubator hub,” Informa, the United Kingdom-based organisers of the East AfricaCom 2015, said.

Informa is working with its partner, iHub, and the entire tech ICT community in the initiative.

Organisers explained the importance of becoming a mentor.

“There is a fundamental need to develop business skills in this segment of the ICT community. While there is clearly no shortage of technically skilled individuals looking to take their application, product or company to full implementation stage, the positioning of mentors at East AfricaCom will enable skills and advisory assistance so greatly needed by the regions start-ups.”

East AfricaCom is rated the biggest ICT summit in the region.

– CAJ News

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