Libya’s National Technology Day 2022 was celebrated across the country last Wednesday. More than 20 Libyan cities in more than 45 locations participated in the event’s second edition with various activities and events, led by major Libyan cities, such as Tripoli, Benghazi, Beida, Sabha, Ghat, Nalut and Zawia. The event is organised by the NGO, the Libyan Information and Communications Technology Organization.
The main event was held at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, which included telecommunications companies, private and public information technology companies, government agencies, local banks, and various service companies. It was attended by several officials, led by Tripoli-based Libyan Prime Minister, Abd Alhamid Aldabiba, and the chairman of the state communications holding company (LPTIC) Mohammed Bin Ayad.
It will be recalled that the National Technology Day was proposal by the NGO the Libyan Information and Communications Technology Organization to the current Libyan government in mid-April 2021 to adopt the first of June as a national occasion to celebrate information technology within Libya. The request was approved by the government through Resolution 79 of 2021.
The National Technology Day involves numerous activities, discussions, exhibitions and workshops to publicize local information technology projects and companies and raise and spread awareness.
This includes highlighting the importance of technology and information security for citizens, in addition to the activities of companies and institutions of all sizes. The event targets specialists and amateurs in the field of technology, and seeks to create opportunities for cooperation and networking, and to spread technical awareness within the country.
The organisers reported that there was attendance from different segments of society, and of different ages, with the clear emergence of children and young people. They commented that this indicates that technology has penetrated Libyan society, and overwhelmed all aspects of life, and that the initiative of the Libyan Organization for Information and Communication Technology to declare June 1st a national technical holiday was a good step in the right direction.
They said the event highlighted the technical community and its complexities and problems, and sought to spread technical awareness in Libyan society, in order to develop new and innovative technologies, improve the quality of services provided to Libyan citizens, and meet the needs of a community hungry for local technology that lives up to the highest international standards to make Libya a leader in technology.
Finally, the organisers hope the National Technology Day will be a source of a huge shift in the course of technology in Libya, and that this transformation will affect all aspects of life and will benefit the rising technical generations of school and university students. They hope it will provide them with the skills they will need to build the future, enhance the contribution of public and private companies to Libyan society, provide a caring and supportive environment for young energies, prepare them to face the global technical acceleration, pave the way for community digital transformation, and create sustainable long-term impacts.
Libyan Information Technology Day: Tripoli 1 June (libyaherald.com)