A newly established media group, Liberia Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Reporter Association (LICTRA), has been officially launched in Monrovia.
LICTRA, according to a release, was launched over the weekend to report on the ICT sector in the country.
Executive Director Ramsey Gorwor said LICTRA’s mission is to promote ICT through advocacy and information dissemination.
“We intend to protect consumers’ rights and discourage malpractices within the country’s information sector,” he said.
The formation of LICTRA is also to provide a free flow of information to the public, content providers and stakeholders, where LICTRA will collaborate with sectors’ heads in promoting its various programs.
Mr. Gorwor indicated that there is a need for the acceleration of ICT reportage in the country, which is one of the significant sectors that has for decades proven to be consistent in producing results for the world.
“We also want to encourage more Liberians to venture into this rewarding sector, which serves as the platform upon which 21st century countries around the globe continue to advance,” he added.
Deputy Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Zotawon Titus lauded the association for the establishment of the group, adding that not many people are aware of the operations of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Mr. Titus said, “Information about what the ministry does will solely depend on the kind of reportage the association through its individual members will publish or broadcast.”
In his keynote address, Joe Sumo, Senior Licensing and Regulation Officer at the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), said the ICT sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the country’s economy.
He said the growth in the sector is not a surprise because of the ever changing technological environment in the world.
Mr. Sumo also noted that the sector is vital, depending on what Liberians do as a nation from an information and technological vantage point.
Mr. Sumo said there are several developments taking place in the ICT sector of Liberia but due to lack of exposure, people have not taken interest in the segment.