The opening ceremony of the program held on Monday 10th of July was well attended by all participants, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of MoICI and other invited dignitaries.
The opening was chaired by Mr. Alagie Ceesay the Secretary General of ISOC-Gambia Chapter and was started with prayers. After the individual opening prayers, Alagie made the introductory statement by telling the gathering the reasons why we were gathered today. Alagie also thanked the local partners for their support which makes it possible for ISOC-Gambia to provide this important training for Women Engineers free of charge.
Nancy Dotse from Ghana gave a brief description of AFNOG which means (The African Network Operators Group.) According to her AFNOG is not limited as it is meant for both men and women whereas AFCHIX is meant for only women and girls.
The Chairperson of ISOC-Gambia Mr. Bakary Njie made the opening statement. In his statement Mr. Njie thanked partners for being by ISOC from the beginning of planning to this very important day of opening the program. According to Mr. Njie one of the role of ISOC is to facilitate capacity building trainings for people working or developing carriers in the field of ICT. ISOC also advocates for policy reforms and best practices on the Internet Service Provision as well as utility.
He also thanked ISOC committee members for their tireless efforts to ensure this important event is a success.
The official opening statement was given by Mr. Malick Johnes the Deputy Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure. Mr. Johnes thanked ISOC Gambia Chapter for making it possible for Gambia to host AFCHIX for the very first time and encouraged them to continue working hard in the field of ICT Development. He applauded the idea of organizing such a very important capacity building for Female Engineers in ICT which is a right step in the right direction.
He emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring excellent internet service provision in the Gambia. He also said that MOICI is working on providing support for local base ICT Associations to ensure efficiency and wider participation in ICT.
He finally declared the workshop officially opened.