Zim Hosting Innovation Africa Digital Summit

Zimbabwe will be hosting one of the largest ICT gathering on the continent, the Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IAD) 2015 which is now in its 13th year. The IAD summit aims to support the sustainable growth of telecom and ICT sectors to the benefit of Africa as a whole.

The purpose of the IAD Summit is to provide essential support services to Policy Makers, Regulators, Service Providers, Major End Users and Solution Providers to the African Telecom and ICT ecosystem and achieve industry development, business development, leadership development and trade facilitation across the sector.

By: Shyline Guvakuva and Gody Jokonya

Over 3 days from 14th to 16th of April in Vic Falls the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, led by Honourable Cde Supa Mandiwanzira will be sharing its support for wider ethical and sustainable ICT growth across Africa.

The event will provide Zimbabwe an invaluable opportunity to showcase cross sector operational functionality and the enviroment for inward investment in all the participating sectors and not restricted to ICT sector. It is a vital platform to share ideas, learn of the latest developments and form powerful partnerships in supporting the growth of the ICT sector whilst promoting Zimbabwe’s ICT projects.

The Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services and the Government of Zimbabwe will enjoy unparalleled levels of exposure to the international business community, intergovernmental agencies, investors and the ICT community at large. Extensia will be running advisory clinics throughout the IAD Summit, offering IAD attendees with the opportunity to attend private, 20 minute consultations, free of charge, in various business areas of interest.

The IAD Summit will attract up to approximately 500 participants from across Africa and the rest of the world. These include Policy Makers, Regulators, Service Providers and Major End Users from the public and private sectors, who will be introduced to Infrastructure Providers, Value Added Service Providers, Consultants, Investors and other key stakeholders

The immediate past hosts, Gambia and Ethiopia found tangible benefits with respect to the governments’ key objectives.

For Gambia, it was the exposure of the local ICT community to international best practices and solution providers which resulted in the licencing of LTE to a local ISP provider. Wireless connectivity and network optimization equipment was donated free of charge to connect the State University Campus. The National Investment Agency revealed their National objectives to the International Investor Community and attracted un-precedented levels of interest. Bi-lateral cooperative agreements were signed between the governments of Gambia and Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan.IAD

For Ethiopia, their objective of attracting large international technology providers resulted in Oracle, SES, IBM, Samsung, SAP and others setting up regional headquarters in Ethiopia’s newly built ICT Park on the outskirts of Addis. The summit also encouraged MTN and Vodacom to set up local offices, and to engage actively in ICT initiatives in the country despite the fact that no licenses are yet available for them to be fully operational. Since the last two annual IAD Summits in Ethiopia, ZTE and Huawei have made major investments in Ethiopia with up to US$1.6 billion being invested into the ICT infrastructure.


9:00 – 10:30 Welcome – CEO Extensia
Introduction – Hon. Supa Mandiwanzira (MP), Minister of ICTPCS Zimbabwe
Official Opening Address – H.E. Cde. R.G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
Welcome Address – CEO NetOne
10:30 – 11:10 Networking Break and Photo Opportunity
  Digital Inclusion Initiatives (Main Conference Programme)
11:10 – 11:30 Digital Communities – Keynote – VP Africa SES
11:30 – 11:50 Digital Economy – Keynote – Programme Coordinator ATU
11:50 – 12:10 Digital Society – Keynote – Acting Head NEPAD
12:10 – 12:30 Digital Africa – Keynote – Regional Director Africa ITU
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH
  Growth & Investment(Main Conference Programme) Workshop Programme(Breakout Session)
14:00 – 14:20 Zimbabwe Investment OpportunitiesGovernment of Zimbabwe 14:00– 15:00 Cellular Backhaul Intelsat Attend Cloud Computing Africa InitiativeITU 


14:20 – 14:40 Public Sector – KeynoteSenior BDM Africa – IDC Corporation
14:40 – 15:00 Investing in Fibre – KeynoteGroup CSO – Liquid Telecom
15:00 – 15:20 M&A – Keynote – Principal –Analysys Mason 15:00– 16:00 Cellular Backhaul Intelsat Attend Cloud Computing Africa InitiativeITU 


15:20 – 16:00 Finance Q&A – PanelModerated by BizDevOsPartner – Adlevo Capital

Africa Editor – DebtWire

Chairperson – YooMee Africa

16:00 – 16:30 Solution ShowcasesACE • Acision • ABS Satellite • ECI Telecom • IPG
16:30 – 17:00 NETWORKING BREAK
  CASE STUDY KEYNOTES Workshop Programme(Breakout Session)
17:00 – 17:20 BankingDirector , Banking Products and Technology Innovation – Awash Bank  17:00 -18:00 Infrastructure as a Service –BumbleBee Consulting  Attend Collaborative Cloud – Connectede-cosystemsTechEquity


17:20 – 17:40  GovernmentCEO Rubiem
17:40 – 18:00  EducationCEO ZARNET
GALA DINNER – THE BOMA (Traditional Zimbabwe Restaurant) Sponsored by TelOne




  National Development(Main Conference Programme) Workshop Programme(Breakout Session)
9:30 – 9:50 Rural Connectivity – Keynote – VP Avanti 9:30 – 10:30 Pricing StrategiesAcision Attend LTE  


9:50 – 10:10 Public Private Partnerships – Keynote – CEO Neotel
10:10 – 10:30 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband – Keynote – Director GSMA 10:30 – 11:30 Pricing StrategiesAcisionAttend LTE  


10:30 – 11:30 National Development – PanelPresident – Telecom/TelematiqueCEO – SATA

CEO – Galaxy Backbone

Regional Director Africa – Yahsat

Moderator – Principal Analysys Mason

11:30 – 12:00 Solution ShowcasesAvanti • Detecon • Audio Codes • Ascom • Rubiem
12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH
  Internet for Development(Main Conference Programme) Workshop Programme(Breakout Session)
13:30 – 13:50 Digital Social-Economic Transformation – Keynote – Rubiem 13:30 – 14:30 Infrastructure Outsourcing PolicyDLA PiperAttend Satellite BroadbandAvanti 


13:50 – 14:10 Grass Roots Engagement – Keynote – GKPF/ NPOC
14:10 – 14:30 Smart Cities – KeynoteChina Telecom 14:30 – 15:30 Infrastructure Outsourcing Contractual ObligationsDLA PiperAttend Satellite BroadbandAvanti 



14:30 – 15:30 Digital Ecosystem – Panel –CEO Africa MSIChair NPOC-ICANN

Manager – Strathmore University

Africa Liaison ZACR

Moderator Ovum

15:30 – 16:00 Solution ShowcasesGilat Satcom • TBC • TBC • TBC • TBC
16:00 – 16:30 NETWORKING BREAK 
  REGIONAL INITIATIVE KEYNOTES Workshop Programme(Breakout Session)
16:30 – 16:50  Under-Sea Cable – West AfricaChairman ACE Consortium  16:30 – 17:30 Village Island – Low Cost Rural TelephonyGilat SatcomAttend OTT PartnershipsDetecon 



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