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									Building an Inclusive Information Society in Rwanda
              The Role of Journalists
              18-19 May 2006, Kigali, Rwanda




   The African Regional Plan of
    Action on the Knowledge
       Economy (ARAPKE)
           Justifications
• The WSIS first Phase adopted a
  Declaration and an Plan of Action
• They recommended elaboration of
  Regional Action Plans
• The Accra Conference
• The African Union July 2005 Summit
    ARAPKE is an answer to all above
             recommandations
            Context

• The African Information Society
  Initiative (AISI) since 1996
• 2000: NEPAD ICT Programme
• 2002: WSIS process from
  Bamako2002
  Basic Reference Documents


• Geneva Declaration
• Geneva Plan of Action
• Accra Commitments
• Friends of The Chair Documents
         ARAPKE FOUNDATIONS

   Accra commitments for Tunis 2005
                General principles
• Building the information and shared knowledge
  society to achieve the MDGs and improve quality
  of life, and eradicate poverty
• Building an inclusive information society with all
  stakeholders(Government, private sector, civil
  society and UN and other regional and
  international organizations)
           The Vision
•To use information to accelerate
development, induce good governance
and foster stability
•To provide wellbeing and increase
employment, reduce poverty and
empower underprivileged groups
• To enhance the natural capital and
human capacity of the region and
minimise internal inequalities
             Objectives
• Define an African approach and positions
  in the preparation of the WSIS Tunis
  Phase,

• Create the foundation for national,
  regional and international cooperation on
  Information Society issues over a period
  of 10 years, up to 2015
                 Major steps
• 2-4 February 05 in Accra, Ghana, Africa Regional
  Conference of WSIS
• 24 April 2005 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a side
  event of ECA’s fourth Committee on Development
  Information (CODI) meeting
• 9 May 2005 in Cairo at the Arab Preparatory
  Conference for the WSIS
• From Geneva phase to WSIS Prepcom3 of the
  second phase
                 Contributors
•   Economic Commission for Africa
•   Bamako Bureau
•   African Union Commission
•   ATAC (African Technical Advisory Committee)
•   African delegates (Accra, Addis, Le Caire)
•   On-line Contributions
•   African Civil Society for the Diaspora (DAPSI)
•   ATU
                 Stakeholders
•   Government
•   Private Sector
•   Civil Society
•   Parliaments
•   Academia
•   Media
•   International organisations
•   Vulnerable & minorities
ARAPKE Themes based on
 The Accra Commitments
Key Accra          Action Lines
  Commitments
Enabling           -   To establish regional sub/regional coordination
  environment          mechanisms
                   -   To establish legal/regulatory framework for ICT
                       development in Africa
Infrastructure and -   Development of Telecommunications backbones
   access          -   Development of exchange points
                   -   Expansion of infrastructure, especially to rural areas
                   -   Establishing a conducive policy and regulatory
                       environment
                   -   Creating Universal Access service
e-Strategies and   -   Developing NICI Plans & their linkages with MDGs,
   Policies            PRSPs
                   -   Developing / Implementing sectoral strategies: e-
                       education, e-Government, e-health, e-tourism, e-
                       commerce, etc.
                   -   Developing / Implementing sub-Regional strategies
                   -   Regional and Sub/regional approaches and
                       methodologies to pilot ICT development processes
Information      -Creating an homogenous framework for the countries’
Society          e-preparation assessment
Indicators       -Collecting Information Society indicators to measure
                 ICT penetration, deployment and impact to be used as
                 input into the e-Strategies elaboration processes
                 -Collecting indicators on WSIS implementation
Capacity         -Human Resources for the KE
building         -Training Institutions & Networks
                 -Training material
                 -Generalization of Information Technology at the School
                 / University

Research &  -Partnerships between Universities / International
Development Organizations / Private sectors, etc.
                 -African Information Networks for Research
                 -Subventions and supports
                 -Outsourcing South / South and North / South
                 -Innovation & Technological Research
                 -Open Sources Software
Internet        -Regional and Sub regional Governance Instances
Governance      (Hierarchical ascendant approach)
                -Legal Framework on e-commerce
                -Digital Transaction & Security
                -Spam
                -Internet Exchange Points
                -AfriNic & other Networks
                -Managing CCTLDs
Women and       -National machineries for using ICT to empower women
the             -Involvement on e-strategy planning and implementation and
Information     in sectoral activities, especially SMMEs
Society
Parliamentari   Action Plan of the Africa ICT4-D MPs Network
ans
Youth           Action Plan of the ICT4-D Youth Network
Media           Sensitization plans at local, national, sub-regional and regional
                levels
Harnessing      -Turn the digital gap into a digital opportunity
the Digital     -Build a platform which aims at using ICTs for the
                development of Africa
African        - Promote research and development on African Language in
Languages      the cyberspace
               - Develop and establish regional policy and strategies for
               promoting African Language in the cyberspace
               - Establish and sustain a broad program of capacity building
               on African Language in the cyberspace

Persons with   -   Develop innovative solutions
  disability   -   Promote and encourage inclusion / involvement of
                   persons with disabilities in the Information Society
                   development
               -   Build special ICT centers equipped with suitable facilities
               -   Develop crash programmes
Resource       -   Resource Mobilization Conferences
  Mobilization -   Preparation of Project Proposals for bilateral and
  &                international partners
                   Projects for the Digital Solidarity Fund
  partnership -
               -   Creating Specialized and dedicated funding institutions
       Implementing ARAPKE
• Use of ARAPKE Template for resource
  mobilization
• 83 Project proposals received so far
• Proposals arranged in 31 categories
• Criteria for resource mobilization proposed
  by ATAC
• Selection Committee established in January
• Selection criteria are being discussed
Template for ARAPKE Projects            (1/3)


•   Target country/ies
•   Leading Agency/REC’s/Stakeholders
•   Potential Partners
•   Project Title
•   Programme/Project Focus Areas
•   Brief Project description
•   Background
Template for ARAPKE Projects           (2/3)


•   Alignment with Sub/Regional Strategies
•   Proposed Project activities
•   Sub/Regional benefits
•   Anticipated Outcomes
•   Risk Assessment
Template for ARAPKE Projects   (3/3)

•   Budget
•   Schedule and Milestones
•   Priority
•   Long-term Sustainability
•   Submitted by
•   Date of submission
Categories covered by proposals (1/2)

• E-Strategies and Policies   • Local Languages
• Internet Governance         • Awareness raising &
                                Capacity Building
• Virtual Learning            • Resource Mobilization &
• Research &                    Partnerships
  Development                 • Electoral systems
• Incubation                  • Information Society
• Environment Protection        Indicators
• Geographical                • Out of School Youth
  Information Systems         • Media
Categories covered by proposals (2/2)

• Youth Empowerment         •   E-commerce
• Women empowerment         •   E-Health
• Harnessing the Digital    •   E-education
  Diaspora                  •   E-Government
• Postal services           •   E-Procurement
• Infrastructure            •   E- Rural
  Development and Acces     •   E-Local
• Legal Services            •   Content development
• Persons with Disability   •   Implementing WSIS
• Free and Open Source          Recommendations
  Software
             Next steps
• African Ministers to meet from 18-20
  April 2006 in Cairo
• An Implementation Committee to be
  established in April 2006
• Resource mobilization conference to be
  held in Second Half 2006
Thank you for your attention


          aisi@uneca.org
 http://www.uneca.org/aisi/wsis2005

								
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