Technological progress is a driving force behind economic growth citizen engagement, and job creation. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), in particular, are reshaping many aspects of the world’s economies, governments and societies, the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is a digital-based economy. Public organizations, businesses, and citizens in developing countries can harness the transformative power of ICTs to provide more efficient services and catalyze economic growth

Under Sustainable Development Goals No. 9, the world set an ambitious target to “significantly increase access to information and communications technology (ICT) and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020”. However, the governments, private sector, and the international community have a lot to do in order to reach this target and bridge the digital divide. In this regard, effective ICT policy reforms can ultimately enable poverty reduction and shared prosperity.


In view of the above, the commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT); the Islamic educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); AND THE National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria, are jointly organizing the 4th International Workshop on ‘Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture’ on June 12-14, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria.

The event is a continuation of the series of workshops that   highlight and address key issue in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture sectors in the developing countries. The earlier events of this series were held in Jordan (2016), Morocco (2015) and Pakistan (2014)


The workshop aims to conduct a knowledge-sharing exercise regarding the role of ICTs in the sectors of Education, Healthcare and Agriculture, and their impact on the socio-economic landscape of a country. The workshop is expected to expand knowledge-base and capabilities of the participating scientists, researchers and professionals belonging to the Member State of OIC and COMSATS, regarding the cutting edge innovative ICT-based technologies and techniques used in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture sectors. The event will also attempt to explore an enabling policy framework for strengthening ICT policies in OIC and COMSATS, Member States for enhancement of their technological capabilities for achieving national developmental goals.


Industry Experts, Academicians, PhD students, ICT Entrepreneurs and ICT Policy Planners, belonging to OIC and COMSATS Member States and possessing relevant academic qualification (at least Masters Degree in ICTs/Engineering) and vast experiences in the field, are welcome to attend the workshop.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to the selected foreign speakers/participants from Member States of COMSATS, ISESCO and INIT


Focused Areas of the workshop include but are not limited to the following:

Applications of ICTs in Education:

  • ICT-based universal access to education and delivery of quality learning
  • ICT-based teachers’ professional development
  • ICT-based education management, governance administration

Applications of ICTs in Healthcare:

  • eHealth and Telemedicine
  • Healthcare self-management
  • Healthcare information privacy
  • Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Management

 Applications of ICTs in Agriculture:

  • Precision farming and knowledge intensive agriculture
  • Global Positioning Systems for agriculture
  • Computer-controlled devices (automated systems) for agriculture
  • Decision support systems for agriculture
  • Tools for e-agribusiness
  • Environmental information and management systems
  • Wireless sensor networks for agriculture

 ICT Policy Issues:

  • Improving ICTs environment for entrepreneurship
  • IP issues in ICTs application development