Paul Taylor, the Managing Director of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) says his organisation’s interest in Information Communication Technology (ICT) is influenced by the fact the service is a proven socio-economic enabler.
Taylor, who was speaking at reception to kick-start the Southern Africa Human Capital Development and E-Learning workshop in Gaborone this week, said E-Learning in particular offers advantages of a flexible work, life, learn programme, reduces travel costs and time to and from institutions of learning.
“E-Learning will help ensure that developing countries like ours are not left behind as the world moves towards a single knowledge based society,” said Taylor.
Taylor emphasized the importance of human capital in any organisation as it is arguably the most important asset in any organisational setup.
“At BTCL, we are proud of our employees and the values that they live, teamwork, ownership, delivery, simple, pride and most importantly fun,” said Taylor, explaining that the expectation is to BTCL members of staff to learn and benefit the people of Botswana at a later stage. Taylor highlighted the importance of Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) in this pursuit of E-Leaning.
“In 2010, the government of Botswana approved a strategy that involved, among other things the establishment of a separate entity to manage and operate Botswana’s backbone and international transmission networks,” said Taylor when giving a brief background on the establishment of BOFINET.
As such service has been until recently provided by BTC, Taylor said the strategy intiated a journey that ended with creation of a new operating environment for the local telecommunications industry.
“BOFINET has been established as an operating entity with BTCL as its largest customer by some way,” he said.