Botswana Power on the 17th of May 2018 joined other parastatals, government departments, the private sector and the Okavango community in commemorating World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Mohembo West under the theme ‘’Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All’’. The commemoration was hosted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications which saw it fit to bring key players not only under its fold, but also players in enabling technology and artificial intelligence from other Ministries.
Gracing the occasion was the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana and MP for Boteti North His Honour Slumber Tsogwane, the Minister of Transport and Communications Honourable Kitso Mokaila, the Minister of Basic Education Honourable Bagalatia Arone and other area leaders form various structures.
In response to the commemoration theme, for their stall display, Botswana Power Corporation showcased their protection equipment namely Intelligent Electronic Devices (IDE’s) technology which aims at improving detection of stress signals on the BPC network in order for the Corporation to be able to serve its customer better. This also collects information that is used in the Supervisory Control and Decision Acquisition system (SCADA). Botswana Power Corporation also donated 7 computers towards the event, which are going to be aggregated with donations from other stakeholders and distributed amongst the Okavango community focusing on schools and rural administration.
In his keynote address, Vice President of the Republic His Honour Slumber Tsogwane lauded the collaboration efforts by both government and the private sector in bridging the digital divide especially in rural areas. He also challenged stakeholders to contribute in meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals through ICT-enabled solutions and applications.
WTISD is a product of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nation Agency for information and communication technologies to which Botswana is a member.