Following the success of last year’s event, the eStrategies Africa 2015 forum will host eHealth stakeholders from across the continent to further realise the African vision of improved healthcare for all.

This year’s eStrategies forum, which will take place at the Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Cape Town between 23 and 24 November, will focus on rolling out broadband connectivity and the mechanisms for financing the roll-out.

The event is expected to bring together key government and other public and private sector stakeholders to cement the relationships needed to deliver the connectivity, eSkills, financial inclusion, eHealth and eGovernment services across the continent.

eStrategies Africa Managing Director, Chris Hull, is confident that the progress made in the development of concrete action plans following the event last year will be leveraged further in 2015.

“We make full use of the expertise gathered for these round table discussions. We work closely with the rapporteur for each session to develop a clear set of recommendations and action plans. These statements ensure that the collaborative efforts of both public and private sector stakeholders are fed into the development strategies for implementing better healthcare in South Africa,” said Hull.

As part of the broadband connectivity theme, Hull explained that the event will be looking to the delegates to establish a common vision for the most cost-effective way to deliver all eServices through shared telecommunications platforms, and then developing plans to realise that vision.

“Having the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services opening the event and taking the chair for two of the round tables is crucial to the success of this aim,” said Hull.

“She is playing a leading role in this policy development  within the government and, alongside SITA, ICASA and the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa  (USAASA), as well as leading industry stakeholders, I expect to see real progress made in terms of defining  how the connectivity needed to deliver good eHealth services in all parts of  South Africa will be achieved.”

The first eStrategies event took place in Prague in 2005, as part of Microsoft’s Government Leaders Forum. It was designed to bring the public and private sectors together to discuss technology challenges and opportunities and to develop partnerships. Since then, eStrategies high-level forums have taken place all over the world, concentrating now on Africa, where there is development opportunity and a need for the implementation of new technologies.

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