The 41st SATA Annual Conference will be held from 27th to the 29th April 2021. Due to the unprecedented situation linked to the global pandemic, the SATA Annual Conference will be a virtual event with members participating through videoconferencing. The theme for this 2021 online event, as per the approved SATA Strategic Plan 2019-2022, is "ICT Connectivity and Service Delivery for the Benefit of All: Transforming our Society through Broadband and ICT Developments".
The opening ceremony will be held on 27th April in the presence of Honourable Dr. Faustine Ndugulile, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, United Republic of Tanzania.
SATA's mission is to co-ordinate the development of regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) networks and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of the SADC Socio-Economic Development Programmes.
In 2019, Mr Sherry Singh, CEO of Mauritius Telecom, was appointed as SATA Chairman for the year 2019-2020 during the 39th Annual Conference held in Mauritius. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic challenges, his Chairmanship was unanimously extended by the SATA board for the year 2020-2021.
During the 41st Annual Conference, there will be some 200 participants from a diversity of countries namely Angola, South Africa, Bostwana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, China, Italy, Slovenia and Mauritius. These delegates from the telecom and ICT industry will have the opportunity to exchange and share their experience on a wide array of subjects including Technology & Infrastructure, Policy and Strategy for the future of the Telecom Industry. SATA, which represents more than 50% of the companies on the ICT sector in the Southern Africa Development Community, provides an ideal platform for synergies among members for the benefit of each member country.
On 29 April 2021, there will be a virtual passing on ceremony of the Chairmanship between the Chairman of SATA for the period 2019/2021, Mr Sherry Singh and the new Chairman of SATA, Mr Waziri Waziri Kindamba, Director General, Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation.