November 23rd, 2016

Kingston hosts 2016 Commonwealth conference on HR and ICTs

Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications organisation urges members to better adapt to change.

KINGSTON, 23 NOVEMBER 2016 – The 2016 Commonwealth Human Resources & ICT conference started on Monday in Kingston, Jamaica under the theme of Human Resources for the Information Society.

The two-day conference is followed by the annual meeting of companies and organisations the procure training and consultancy service from the CTO through a scheme called Programme for Development & Training, the largest capacity development programme run by the CTO and which benefits hundreds of ICT professionals in Commonwealth countries and beyond.

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Delegates at the Commonwealth Human Resources & ICT Forum 2016, Kingston, Jamaica

Managing people and talent in this industry is very unpredictable. Just like jobs such as telephone switch operators of the ‘50s and ‘60s no longer exist, we know that many of the skills ICT organisations rely on today will not be needed soon, and many of the core functions we currently perform will be done in radically different ways also,” said Shola Taylor, CTO’s Secretary-General in his opening address as he urged them to learn to recognize key signs of change.

Throughout the week, participants will be discussing changes in technology, and more importantly the impact on organisations in relation to HR management. Sessions will focus on the following issues:

  • The ICT landscape of tomorrow
  • ICT reshaping the concept of work
  • Enhancing knowledge and management through ICTs
  • Using ICTs to streamline the recruitment process
  • From human resource to human capital development
  • Using ICTs to transform: from performance evaluation to performance management

Even as we focus on the developments in technology, we consequently need to develop the human capital which are our greatest assets. Our people need to be greater producers of technology rather than mere consumers”, conveyed The Honourable Dr Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology of Jamaica.

Launched in 2007, the conference targets HR executives from the telecoms, media and technology sectors as well as ICT public policymakers.

For more information please contact Marcel Belingue, m.belingue@cto.int or +44 (0) 20 8600 3820.

About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.