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       Africa’s Participation in the
             World Summit on the
      Information Society (WSIS)




                    Eskedar Nega
             ICT for Development
                     DISD/UNECA
  ECA




                 The Process
Governments          Civil Society      Private Sector


                The African Regional
National        Preparatory Conference          Civil Society
consultations   on the Information              consultations
                Society (BAMAKO 2002)

                    Bamako               Bamako 2002 Bureau
                  Declaration            ECA = secretariat

                   PrepComs          Thematic consultations
                                     (Nouakchott, Tunis)

                 GENEVA       SUMMIT
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      The Bamako 2002 Conference
      on the WSIS, 26-30 May 2002
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             Bamako 2002 attendance
                      26-30 May 2002
 The overall technical coordination was done
                   by ECA
Attended by:
      Two heads of state (Mali and Senegal)

      representatives from All African countries
      delegates from many other countries
      heads/representatives of African and global organizations
      the private sector
      the civil society
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             Bamako 2002 events
14 Pre-conference workshops and other activities on:
  Local initiatives, NICI Strategies, African Languages, Media,
  Gender, Cultural diversity, African NGO consultation, SCAN
  ICT, Private Sector and Financing, Open Source and Free
  Software, Law, Local Communities, LDCs, NICI Mali
4 workshops on:
  What the Information Society brings to Africa, What Africa
  brings to the Information Society, What Africa wants to
  preserve in the Information Society, How Africa can benefit
  from the Information Society: Round Table on the digital
  divide
Round Table on:
  Africa’s image in the media
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       Selected Outreach activities
Discussion lists for:
   Civil Society
   African Governments
   Academia
   Media
   Diaspora
   Youth
   Internet Governance
Publications on:
  AISI Briefing Papers
  E-Strategies
  AISI radio series, WSIS Video
  Posters on ICT4D
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            The Geneva Summit
          ECA supported over 20 African participants

                             ICT4D Platform exhibitions




      AISI Stand
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       The Geneva Summit
       E-Policy Resource Network – G8




 Launch of the
Global E-Polnet
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      The Geneva Summit

           Launch of the
           African Media
              Report
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        Main contentious issues
 Internet Governance
 Funding mechanisms
 Intellectual Property
 Follow up for the Second Phase
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      Participation in the Summit
 Africa was well represented
 High level of participation (HOS, PM, Senior
 Ministers)
 Commitments of all stakeholders
 ECA’s facilitation and brokering role confirmed
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  The African participation in Geneva
      48 African countries represented by
      over 900 participants
      16 Head of States and
      Governments
      79 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and
      Permanent Secretaries
      51 Ambassadors
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                   After Geneva
 Discussion lists for Youth and Academia
 Setting up African MP4ICT4D network
 Informal consultations (Tunis, March 2004)
 Civil Society Consultations (Tunis, April 2004)
 Internet Governance (New York, March 2004)
 African Ministerial Follow up Meeting for the WSIS
 (Dakar, April 2004)
 Launch of Academia Network (Addis, 9-11 June 2004)
 PrepCom 1 (Tunis, June 24-26 2004)
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 The African Regional Preparatory Conference
                for the WSIS
   Accra, 28 January – 4 February 2005
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      Host: The Government of Ghana
      Two Head of States attended
      Coordinator: The Economic Commission
      for Africa (ECA) in the framework of NEPAD
      and the auspices of AU
      Partners: Swiss Agency for Development
      and Cooperation, Canada Fund for Africa,
      Government of Finland, ITU, OIF, GKP,
      ICANN, IICD, UNICT TF, WGIG
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Theme of the Conference
Access: Africa’s key to an inclusive
Information Society
6 sub-themes (plenary and parallel sessions)
      Financing the information society
      Indicators and benchmarking
      ICTs for socio-economic development
      Access and Infrastructure
      Industrialization
      Internet Governance
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 List of Accra Pre-Conference
 Workshops
1. Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Forum
2. Internet Governance
3. ICT and Poverty Reduction
4. National, Regional, Local and Sectoral e-Strategies
5. African languages and Open Source Software:
   Creativity in the service of African renaissance
6. Information Society and Regulation: Access and
   Infrastructure
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List of Pre-Conference Workshops (ctd.)
7. GKP Africa Day on Multi-Stakeholder Partnership
    in building the Information Society
8. Media Forum
9. Financing the information society
10. Evaluation of the implementation of the Geneva
    Plan of Action & Information Society Indicators
11. Meeting of the Ministerial Committee on ICT
12. E-Ghana Workshop
13. Private Sector Forum
14. ICANN At Large Meeting
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Major Contentious Issues and work done to
reach a consensus in Africa
1. Financing the Information Society
•     Digital Solidarity Fund (Adopted by the AU)
•     Round Table, Workshop and Panel on Financing the
      Information Society organized in Accra
•     DSF adopted at Prepcom2 in Geneva
2. Internet Governance
•     Study on Internet Governance by ECA in cooperation
      with the UN ICT TF
•     Workshop and Panel on Internet Governance organized
      in Accra
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Online discussions prior to the Accra
Conference on the six themes

      Launched on 15 December 2004 moderated by
      members Bamako Bureau and African Technical
      Advisory Committee (ATAC) on the African
      Information Society Initiative (AISI)
      Ended on 25 January 2005
      298 participants with 356 postings exchanged
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Outcomes of Accra
  Input to the second meeting of the WSIS Phase II
  PrepCom-2, 17 – 25 February 2005, Geneva, Switzerland
  through the ACCRA COMMITMENTS FOR TUNIS 2005

  Strengthening of Africa’s participation in the second (Tunis)
  phase of the WSIS:

      Preparedness of delegations on major issues
      Meeting of the Ministerial Committee on ICT and expansion
      of its members to 15, with clear mandate for the Tunis phase
      Strengthened Bamako Bureau to coordinate (Bureau was
      expanded)

  Evaluation of the progress made in the implementation of
  the Geneva Action Plan and recommendations for the way
  forward
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The Accra Commitments for Tunis 2005 and
the African Regional Action Plan on the
Knowledge Economy
  Enabling environment
  Infrastructure and access
  e-Strategies and Policies
  Information Society Indicators
  Capacity building
  Research & Development
  Internet Governance
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The Accra Commitments for Tunis 2005 and
the African Regional Action Plan on the
Knowledge Economy (ctd.)
  Women and the Information Society
  Parliamentarians
  Youth
  Media
  Harnessing the Digital Diaspora
  Persons with disability
  Resource Mobilization & partnership
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                    Towards Tunis
Bamako Bureau              Ministerial C.   Geneva Ambassadors


                      The African Regional
                                                      Thematic
                      Preparatory Conference          consultations
National
consultations
                      on the Information              (IG, DSF,
                      Society (Accra 2005)            Indicators)




                PrepComs                    TUNIS   SUMMIT
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  ICT for All in Tunis
      Workshop on the African Regional Action Plan
      (with member States and partners)
      Youth Forum (with GKP)
      Round Table on the regional dimensions of the
      Information Society (with UN Regional
      Commissions)
      Measuring the Impact of the Information Society
      (with the International Partnership on IS)
      Negotiation on partnerships between African
      countries, Africa and the rest of the world
      Exhibition with partners and member States
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The African participation in Tunis
      1,562 African participants
      16 Presidents
      3 Vice Presidents
      10 Prime Ministers
      1 Deputy Prime Minister
      71 Ministers
      14 State Ministers, 6 Vice Ministers
      2 Permanent Secretaries
      Over 40 Ambassadors
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      WSIS Implementation Mechanism


        Tunis Agenda for the Information Society


        WSIS implementation mechanism taking into
        account the themes and action lines In the
                  Geneva Plan of action


       Adoption of Action lines with the UN RCs, ITU,
         UNESCO and UNDP playing leading roles
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                  Thank You

                   enega@uneca.org



      http://www.uneca.org/aisi/bamako2002

				
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