Delegates from 18 French-speaking African countries attended a conference on data processing held in Senegal last week.
Delegates from 18 French-speaking African countries attended a conference on data processing held in Senegal last week. The conference was the first of its kind, and the main objective was to give delegates up-to-date information on data processing techniques.
SYNOPSIS: The conference was held at a hotel in Dakar, and one of the speakers at the opening was M. Khalilou Sall, a director of the African Society of Technical Studies. He outlined the conference objectives, after which M. Jean Auricoste, representing a data processing company, spoke about recent technical developments in the field.
Delegates also heard an opening address by Senegal's Minister of Finance, M. Babacar Ba.
The conference then transferred to a data processing centre in Dakar, where delegates were able to see demonstrations of the techniques they were to discuss.
The conference was arranged after contact between government organisations in the countries represented. The organisers believe that lectures covering data processing in administration are of value to people working in developing countries. These practical demonstrations played a large part during the three-day conference, and for some delegates it was their first experience of the latest equipment.