The presenter sited the importance of knowledge sharing as one of important aspect in the life of a modern knowledge economy. Knowledge sharing provides access to advice, experience and approaches for the economic growth especially in this information age as it facilitates innovation and decision making. It is therefore important that the government and other stakeholders invest in knowledge sharing to facilitate innovation and development.
Knowledge sharing is facilitated by networks and relationships. That is, connectivity is an important element for effective knowledge sharing. Poor connectivity jeopardizes knowledge sharing, and thus limits innovation and development. Cognizant of this, the Government of Tanzania has invested on various initiatives to facilitate knowledge sharing. One of the key initiatives is the National ICT Broadband (NICTBB). NICTBB is intended to stimulate and facilitate knowledge sharing across the country from and to various stakeholders. Innovation centres are one of such stakeholders. However, currently, most of the innovation centres (e.g. Higher education Institutions, Ministries, Department, and Agencies, etc.) are yet to be connected to the NICTBB. Various factors contribute to this situation. One of such factors is affordability. Most of the innovation centres encounter budgetary constraints to fully exploit the potentials of the NICTBB. Currently, the limited connectivity they receive is charged heftily through profit making last-mile-providers. As a result, the centres fail to adequately and effectively share knowledge between themselves and beyond. This situation needs to be addressed otherwise little will be gained from investments committed for NICTBB.
We Invite you to contribute in regard to the below:
i. On the knowledge based economy
ii. Reluctance in sharing knowledge
iii. Affordability for knowledge accessibility and content
iv. Knowledge segmentation
v. Online knowledge generation
vi. Knowledge identification
vii. The role of NICTBBFurther ReadingsThe PresentationThe reportThe Government Policy