Sudatel Telecom Group, through its training body SUDACAD (Sudatel Telecom Academy), in collaboration with the ITU, organised a regional forum in Khartoum from 12-13 December. Its central theme was the use of ICT for smart and sustainable development.
The overall objective of this forum was to raise awareness on the role of ICT as a tool and an enabler for three key pillars of sustainable development (economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection) and as a key catalyst for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The forum was attended by more than 80 participants from Sudan and other countries.
H.E Hassabo Mohamed Abdelrahman, VP of the Republic of Sudan, officially opened the forum and assured the full support of Sudan government to the outcomes of the forum.
H.E Dr Tahani Abd Allah Attia, Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, in her address provided a synopsis of Sudan's development in the sector. She also focused on the importance of ICT for sustainable development.
In his opening speech, Dr. Cosmas Zavazava, chief project and knowledge management dept ITU-BDT, gave a brief about the cooperation context between ITU and Sudatel. He also focused on the main objective of the forum to raise awareness on the use of ICT for achieving SDGs.
Dr Ahmed Awad Elsayed, the DG of SUDACAD, pointed out the crucial role of Sudatel in building the ICT infrastructure in Sudan.
The closing session was addressed by H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, assistant to the President of Sudan.
In his speech, Eng. Tarig Hamza Zeinalabdin, CEO of Sudatel, urged for a special attention from the ITU, as an international body, in order to ease the burden against the ICT sector in Sudan in light of the US sanctions that have been hindering development.