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IT industry body establishes Chartered CIO Council

Admire Moyo
By Admire Moyo, ITWeb's news editor.
Johannesburg, 21 Oct 2019
The inaugural launch of the Chartered CIO Council took place in Sandton last week.
The inaugural launch of the Chartered CIO Council took place in Sandton last week.

The Institute of Chartered IT Professionals (ICITP) has launched the Chartered Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council, which it says is an inclusive advisory and advocacy council for the South African ICT sector.

The inaugural launch, which took place in Sandton at Webber Wentzel last week, had in attendance industry experts to discuss competency and professionalisation of all IT practitioners in SA; the role of a chartered CIO at an organisational and national level; as well as the council’s key focus areas on the fourth industrial revolution in SA.

In August, another industry body, the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa, introduced a professional chief information officer designation for South African ICT professionals who meet the required levels of academic achievement and professional experience.

The ICITP is an information technology professional body recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority according to the NQF Act of 2008.

The Chartered CIO Council, chaired by John Bosco Arends, plays an advisory role to the ICITP, which is the certifying body and custodian for IT professionals in Africa.

The council comprises CIOs from various industries, both public and private, such as insurance, financial and investment services, health, management consultancy, transportation, manufacturing, public services, defence and security.

The Chartered CIO Council will also ensure professional designations for CIOs are administered by ICITP to ensure all CIOs are accredited and qualified to perform the practice of a chartered CIO and create awareness about the roles, governance and functions of a CIO.

The ICITP says its objectives include promoting continuing learning or life-long learning in information technology in Africa and internationally.

It also aims to promote the importance of the media, information and communication technology in SA and internationally.