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					                                         D R A F T MINUTES
                                   PUBLIC POLICY WORKING GROUP

                                           10:30 – 14:30
                                    Monday, September 27, 2004
                              Bakubung Lodge; Pilanesberg National Park
                                  North West Province; South Africa


1    Chairman’s Remarks and Approval of Minutes. Adrian Schofield, WITSA Vice Chairman (IISA),
     presided over the meeting as Acting Public Policy Chairman as David Olive was unavailable to
     attend. Mr. Schofield called the meeting to order at 10:30am, and noted that over 50 people were
     present at the meeting. The minutes from the May 18, 2004 meeting were approved unanimously.

2.   Presentation by South African Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)
     Mr. Adrian Schofield (IISA) welcomed Mr Yusuf Timol, Director in the Trade & Industry South Africa
     (TISA) section of the Department of Trade & Industry. Mr. Timol delivered a speech on behalf of the
     Minister of Trade & Industry, expressing that South Africa recognises that “bridging the digital divide”
     is essential to lift developing countries from the legacy of poverty and ignorance. He emphasized that
     the provision of affordable access to ICTs through broadcasting, telecommunications and energy is
     the first step to giving people the knowledge they require to become economically active and to
     provide food and shelter for themselves; and the need to roll out infrastructure in ways that bring
     sustainable benefits is paramount in countries such as make up the African continent and a good
     proportion of the rest of the world.

     Mr. Timol also expressed that the DTI was highly supportive of the World Congress on IT, which
     South Africa had participated in since 1998, when Mr. Zeth Malele attended in Fairfax County,
     Virginia. Timol assured that South Africa has excellent facilities for large-scale conferences and has
     successfully hosted the World Summit on Sustainable Development as well as several of the World
     Cup sporting events. In 2010, South Africa will be the home of the World Cup of Football, which Mr.
     Timol indicated would be an excellent event to organize in conjunction with the 2010 World
     Congress. Timol assured the meeting of South Africa’s interest in bidding to be the hosts, and that
     the DTI is delighted to support it.

3.   WTO Update – Doha and African ITA Project:
     WITSA Executive Director Allen Miller expressed apologies for Abdullah Kafi (BCS), who could not
     attend the meeting. Miller provided an overview of the Doha round of multilateral trade negotiations
     and identified priority issues in the negotiations ahead. The new round was launched at a WTO
     General Council meeting in July 2004, with a deadline for initial offers in May 2005. Included in the
     new round are competition, investment, trade facilitation, and transparency. However,
     disappointingly, transparency in government procurement was not included in the new negotiations.
     In the U.S., the President’s Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and that may be a real deadline for the
     new round of WTO trade negotiations. A key objective for industry will be to ensure that countries that
     have not made commitments in important services sectors will guarantee national treatment and
     market access in the new round. An important debate is also taking place regarding new services,
     such as grid computing. Miller noted that these new services should be seen as being part of existing
     services, hence ensuring that current commitments apply and do not need to be renegotiated.


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     Rogers Baguma (PICTA, Uganda), provided an update on a study commissioned to investigate the
     impact of the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) - which requires the elimination of tariffs
     on qualifying IT products in those countries that are parties to the said agreement – in three
     countries; Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The project was commissioned by the Eastern and Central
     Africa (ECA) Hub, which is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and
     is located in Nairobi, Kenya. Possible implications explored include: Impact on government revenue
     from eliminating duties on IT products (both static and dynamic effects); Impact on Competitiveness
     of Producers of IT Products; and Impact on general society. The study was commissioned on
     September 1, 2004 with a project date of end October 2004. Highlights of the final results would be
     shared with WITSA members. The presentation is available at http://www.witsa.org/presentations/.
4.   ICT Roadmap: Tina James of Trigrammic provided an overview of the South Africa Department of
     Science & Technology’s “Catalysing Access To ICTs in Africa” (CATIA) Program. A $15 million, three
     year (2003-2006) commitment to ICTs in Africa, funded by governments as well as USAID and Ciso.
     Atos KPMG Consulting (AKC) is the Managing Consultant for CATIA and is working with a strong
     consortium to deliver on CATIA’s objectives. CATIA offers package of 9 small-scale, yet strategic
     activities that seek to improve access to the full range of ICTs in Africa, from the Internet to
     community radio:

             Support an African-led network of institutions active in building capacity on ICT
              regulatory/policy issues;
             Catalyse well-informed local debates on ICT policy reform;
             Support a major new multi-partner programme aimed at increasing access to radio across
              the continent;
             Working in partnership with the private sector, it will also seek to cut access costs through:
              supporting Internet Exchange Points; appropriate use of low cost satellite and the
              development of low cost kit & open source;
             Increase Africa's influence in international ICT related decision making;
             Catalyse a thriving exchange of local African content.
     The presentation is available at http://www.witsa.org/presentations/
5.   WSIS Update: WITSA Executive Director Allen Miller provided a summary of the June 24-26, 2004
     First Preparatory Committee Meeting (Prepcom 1) for the second phase of the World Summit on the
     Information Society (WSIS), which – hosted by the Tunisian Government - took place in Hammamet,
     Tunisia. The Decision adopted by governments regarding Phase 2, a copy of which can be obtained
     at www.itu.int/wsis, identifies three areas of focus for the substantive output:

             Follow-up and implementation of the Geneva Declaration and Plan of Action;
             Financing Mechanisms; and
             Internet Governance.

     Governments agreed on the future preparatory process. Precom 2 will be held in Geneva from
     February 17 – 25, 2005 and will focus on stocktaking of implementation of the Plan of Action,
     consideration of the report on financing, consideration of the preliminary report on Internet
     governance and promotion of partnerships among stakeholders. Prepcom 3 will be held in
     September 2005, location to be determined, and will focus on stocktaking on implementation of the
     Plan of Action, consideration of the final report on Internet Governance, promotion of partnerships,
     continuation of consideration of the report of financing and negotiation of the final document(s). A
     complete summary is available on the WITSA web site: http://www.witsa.org/sa04/WSIS-
     Phase2Prepcom1Summary1.doc.

     Mr. Faouzi ZAGHBIB, Chairman of the Tunisian IT Chamber, added that the WSIS will have a
     significant impact on business and that WITSA as well as all its member associations should actively
     participate as stakeholders in the WISIS process. The following associations committed to take an
     active part in the work leading up to the 2005 WSIS: CESSI; Intellect; Tunisian IT Chamber; PICTA;
     CSK; ITAA; PIKOM; and PCA

6.   Review of Statements and Proposed 2005 Policy Agenda:
     WITSA Executive Director Allen Miller presented a draft WITSA “Background Paper on Traffic Data
     Retention Requirements and Cooperation with Law Enforcement Authorities”, and a draft WITSA


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     “Statement on Open Source Software: Recent Developments and Public Policy Implications”.
     Members were requested to submitted final comments on both papers by October 15, 2004.

     Adrian Schofield (IISA) presented WITSA’s 2004-2005 Global Public Policy Agenda, which covered 4
     general categories relating to the promotion of the global ICT industry (posted at
     http://www.witsa.org/sa04/SA04WITSAPolicyAgenda.ppt):

     1. Increasing Trade in IT Goods and Services
     WITSA will continue to monitor developments and to provide clear guidance to governments as the
     WTO Doha Round negotiating groups re-start their work. WITSA should organize a delegation to visit
     the WTO headquarters in Geneva in early 2005.
     2. Supporting ICT Infrastructure Deployment
     WITSA will review its past statements on information security. Work will begin on draft an update
     version. As part of our focus on information security, a draft paper on Data Retention is under review.
     Open Source Software is an important topic for our members, yet better understanding of this issue
     is needed. For that reason, a draft paper on Open Source Software is under review.

     3. Facilitating ICT for E-Government
     WITSA supports ICT solutions for governments and continues to focus attention on the ICT issues
     relating to the implementation of e-government. An E-Government survey project will be initiated to
     assess progress among WITSA members. The results will be presented at our GPPC Conference in
     Malaysia in September 2005.
     4. Seizing Digital Opportunities
     WITSA works to prevent a digital divide and to promote digital opportunities for all. We will continue
     WITSA’s involvement in the WSIS process, and will submit WITSA comments when appropriate. A
     WITSA delegation may be organized to attend the WSIS conference in Tunisia in November 2005.

7.   Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 2:30pm




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                                              D R A F T MINUTES
                                              Steering Committee

                                           09:30 – 13:00
                                    Tuesday, September 28, 2004
                              Bakubung Lodge; Pilanesberg National Park
                                  North West Province; South Africa


1.   Call to Order and Approval of Minutes. WITSA President Harris N. Miller informed the meeting
     that Chairman George Newstrom was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict in connection with
     his imminent return to the private sector, as CEO of Whisper Technologies, Inc., an IMC subsidiary
     located in Northern Virginia. Harris Miller called the meeting to order, and asked members to briefly
     introduce themselves. The draft May 18, 2004, WITSA General Assembly meeting minutes were
     approved without amendments. Miller also expressed appreciation to IISA President Adrian Schofield
     for his efforts to develop a strong and exciting program for WITSA members in South Africa. Mr.
     Miller requested one additional topic top be covered at the meeting; WITSA’s 2007 Global Public
     Policy Conference.
2.   Update on the South African IT Market. Mr. Adrian Schofield (IISA) welcomed the WITSA
     delegates to South Africa and provided an update on the South African IT market. While one of 53
     countries in Africa, the $1.8 billion South African software market was expected to grow a solid 11.5
     percent over the next five years. However, exports only amount to about $70 million (6%), of which
     75 percent is sold throughout Africa, then Europe. 5 major vendors (CA, IBM, MS, Softline, SAP)
     constitute as much as 40 percent of market. One of the most significant challenges is the
     fragmentation of the market, a lack QMS, poor marketing, low incentives, small VC market, and a
     skills shortage. The presentation is available at http://www.witsa.org/presentations/.

3.   WITSA Membership. The following applications were approved by the Steering Committee:

     Membership request from the Curacao Information & Communication Association (CICA).
     Ronald Evans (ITAC) moved to approve the application, and was seconded by Waudo Siganga
     (CSK). The motion passed unanimously.

     Membership request from the Information Technology Professional Society (ITPS) of Trinidad
     and Tobago. The membership application was presented by ITPS President Mr. Rabindra
     Jaggernauth. Ronald Evans (ITAC) moved to approve the application, and was seconded by Mr.
     Ignatius Kakembo-Ntambi (PICTA). The motion passed unanimously.

     Membership Application from Association "Information Technologies of Ukraine". The
     membership application was presented by IT Ukraine Managing Director Alexei G. Kozhenkin. John
     Higgins (Intellect) moved to approve the application, and was seconded by Mr. James McAdam
     (AIIA). The motion passed unanimously.

     Steering Committee membership request from the Professional Computer Association of
     Lebanon (PCA). The request was presented by PCA CEO Mr. Nizar Zakka. John Higgins (Intellect)
     moved to approve the application, and was seconded by Dr. Jorge Cassino (CESSI). The motion
     passed unanimously.

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     Membership Application from the Syrian Computer Society. The membership application was
     presented by Mr. Feras Bakour of the Syrian Computer Society. John Higgins (Intellect) moved to
     approve the application, and was seconded by Mr. Nizar Zakka (PCA). The motion passed
     unanimously.

     Membership Application from the Tunisian IT Chamber (National Chamber of Information
     Technology Engineering and Services Companies). The membership application was presented by
     Mr. Faouzi Zaghbib, Chairman. Adrian Schofield (IISA) moved to approve the application, and was
     seconded by Mr. Nizar Zakka (PCA). The motion passed unanimously.

4    Regional Vice Chairmen & Directors:
     WITSA Executive Director Allen Miller provided an overview of the current Vice Chairman structure,
     including suggestions that had been discussed at the previous meeting. In particular, a discussion
     was sought on the European Vice Chair, as well as the feasibility of creating new Vice Chairs for the
     Middle East and North Africa. Miller reported that the Union of Arab ICT Association (IJMA3) at a
     recent meeting had made a decision to supported the establishment of a new WITSA Vice Chair for
     the Middle East.

     Mr. John Higgins (Intellect) suggested that a more appropriate term would be WITSA Ambassadors,
     seeing that their primary role is to represent the Alliance in their region. WITSA President Harris
     Miller suggested it might be necessary to rethink the WITSA structures at a broader level, including
     the possibility of establishing a WITSA membership recruitment committee. A motion by James
     McAdam (AIIA) to establish a governance task force was approved unanimously, with the objective to
     report its findings at the next meeting. The following associations agreed to participate in this task
     force: WITSA Secretariat; AIIA (Australia); PIKOM (Malaysia); SIT’SA (Senegal); TICTA (Tanzania);
     PICTA (Uganda); ITAC (Canada); Camtic (Costa Rica); JISA (Japan); Rwanda (ex-officio); Intellect
     (United Kingdom); ATIC (Romania); and IISA (South Africa). James McAdam was elected Chairman
     of the task force.

5.   Discussion on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID):
     Mr. John Higgins (Intellect) provided an overview of how RFID technology is used in the U.K. Higgins
     pointed out that much of the hype was now gone. In a November 2003 Gartner report, a purported 85
     percent of retailer survey respondents indicted they had no plans to use RFID technology, and only 8
     percent were carrying out pilot projects. Nevertheless, 88 percent said the technology could be
     beneficial to their operations. Conflicting standards (passive vs. active chips) further complicated the
     adoption rate. Larger companies are more likely to invest in the technology (40 percent of large UK
     retailers plan on using RFID). Government might use it in place of traffic cameras, and military is
     investing in it.

     Kunitaka Hashizume (JISA) reported on RFID policy development in Japan. The current $0.5 tag
     price was considered much too high for broad market adoption, and prices needed to drop as low as
     $0.03 or $0.05. The disparity between RFID standards (EPC Global vs. ISO) need to be resolved,
     hopefully in 2005. Privacy concerns are also an important factor Consumers may not realize that the
     purchased product has an electronic tag and information of the purchaser could be wrongfully
     revealed. Close collaboration between government, industry and international standard bodies is
     necessary to ensure that privacy concerns are overcome.WITSA President Harris Miller presented on
     the growth of RFID technology in the U.S. The hype is gone in the U.S. as it is elsewhere, however,
     the cost saving benefits of switching to RFID technology has been clearly understood by large
     retailers such as Wal Mart, Target, and the U.S. government, and the department of Defense, in
     particular. Miller predicted prices for tags will continue to drop, thereby motivating smaller retailers
     and companies to follow. However, privacy is a major issue in the U.S. as it is elsewhere. Miller
     predicted dramatic growth in the sale of RFID tags in 2005. On a medium and longer term, as prices
     for RFID hardware drops, software and services companies will be the true winners, with specially
     tailored offerings to meet individual customer needs. ITAA has established an RFID Committee,
     which is actively involved in educational events and working on best practices, as well as standards.
     The presentation is posted online at http://www.witsa.org/presentations/.




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6.   WCIT 2004. President Harris Miller expressed apologies from SEPE General Manager Yannis Sirros
     and SEPE Chairman Spyros Vyzantios, who were unable to attend the meeting. As provided by
     SEPE, Mr. Miller made a presentation of the results of the 2004 World Congress on IT, held in
     Athens from May 19-21, 2004. According to the SEPE presentation, over 2.000 attendees – of which
     1.200 were registered delegates - from 67 countries, as well as 160 press representatives attended
     WCIT 2004 during the in 4-day conference. The official web site (www.worldcongress2004.org)
     received 22.4 million visits from January-May 2004, and 392.000 hits during the Congress. WCIT
     2004 highlights included an endorsement of the “Political Leaders’ Declaration on Technological
     Developments in the Service of the Citizen” by 17 ministers; an official launch of Access2democracy,
     a new, non-governmental organization with global reach and aspirations aiming at fostering e-
     democracy; a commemoration of Michael Dertouzos, one of the true visionaries of Information
     Technology, who inspired countless scientists and researchers; and the WITSA Global IT Excellence
     Awards

     The Congress also included memorable social events, including “A Walk down (a computer’s)
     Memory Lane” - an extremely successful congress party, in front of the neoclassical Zappeion
     Megaron, which ended up with speakers, delegates and WITSA officials proving to be excellent
     dancers; a “WITSA 2004 Gala Dinner”, which was hosted in the Athens Hilton Ballroom, with Greek
     traditional dances, delicious cuisine and live music which “fired up” the delegates… The presentation
     is posted online at http://www.witsa.org/presentations/. In response to a question from Ron Evans
     (ITAC) regarding anticipated WITSA revenue from WCIT 2004, Miller informed the meeting that the
     original estimate of $250,000 would be re-evaluated. A $100,000 license fee was paid one year prior
     to the event, and another $20-30,000 was expected – depending on a final financial assessment of
     the conference.
7.   WCIT 2006: As WCIT 2006 was unable to attend the meeting, WITSA President Harris Miller
     provided an update on the preparations for the said event. Miller encouraged members to attend the
     next WITSA meetings, which would take place in Austin, Texas, in May 2005. Members will have a
     tour of the WCIT 2006 venue, meet with WCIT Board members, high-level government
     representatives and local business executives. The presentation is posted online at
     http://www.witsa.org/presentations/.

8.   WCIT 2008: Mr. Looi Kien Leong, PIKOM Chairman of International Relations, provided a progress
     update for the 2008 World Congress on IT. The proposed theme of the event is “Sharing Knowledge
     for Economic Growth: ICT for Industry, Government and Society”. WCIT 2008 will take place at the
     Putrajaya Convention Centre in Putrajaya, Malaysia, and is expected to draw some 2,500 to 3,000
     high level business and government delegates. WCIT 2008 became a legally incorporated entity in
     July 2008, with the backing of PIKOM as well as the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC).
9.   WCIT 2010: President Harris Miller informed the meeting that preparations were made to draft a
     request for proposals for the 2010 World Congress on IT, and expressed a concern that –while being
     critical to WITSA’s financial health- current WCIT licensing fees ($375,000 for WCIT 2006 and
     $425,000 for WCIT 2008) were severely constricted and insufficient to offer WITSA the opportunity to
     provide the full-time high level World Congress support. Miller suggested bidding for WCIT 2010
     include a significantly higher licensing fee, coupled with more stringent up-front financial backing
     requirements from e.g. economic development agencies. One thought was to allow such agencies to
     become co-partners of future WCIT events.

     Ron Evans (ITAC) supported the concept of requiring stronger financial backing in the bidding
     process for future World Congress on IT events, and made a reference to WCIT 1992, which was a
     financial catastrophe. Pedro Gutiérrez de Cos (AETIC), however, cautioned that higher licensing fees
     could impede bidding it self, and suggested alternative funding options be explored. John Higgins
     (Intellect) suggested that WITSA reconsider its ban on seeking sponsorship from major IT
     corporations. Adrian Schofield (IISA) expressed an interest from Information Industry South Africa to
     host WCIT 2010. Mr. Schofield suggested the WITSA licensing fee be paid two years prior to the
     event (as opposed to the current one-year). With a two-year requirement, a potential host would have
     every incentive to seek solid financial backing at an early stage. Schofield also suggested that
     WITSA consider establishing a standing committee on funding. Harris Miller expressed appreciation
     for all suggestions and asked the newly established governance taskforce to explore these options
     with a view to present its findings at the next WITSA meeting.




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10.   GPPC 2005: Mr. Looi Kien Leong, PIKOM Chairman of International Relations, provided a progress
      update for the 2005 Global Public Policy Conference, which was scheduled to take place on
      September 6-8, 2005 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, an $80 per night only award-winning five-star
      luxury hotel, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s new shopping, leisure and business district, adjacent to
      the world’s tallest buildings, the PETRONAS Twin Towers. The event is jointly organized by PIKOM,
      Multimedia Development Corporation, the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI). Proposed
      conference topics included: Trade Facilitation – harmonization of cross-border trade policies and
      procedures to enhance trade; Digital Divide - strategic policies and smart partnership programs to
      bridge the digital divide; Education - case studies of IT in education and its impact; and Outsourcing -
      new directions, issues and impact on citizens and the economy. Topics and proposed speakers
      would be finalized in within the next two months.

      The full registration rate will be US$500 (conference attendance & all related social events), but early
      bird registration discounts for WITSA members and sponsors are offered as follows: by 31st
      December 2004 – 50%; by 31st March 2005 – 40%; and by 31st June 2005 – 30%. Sponsorship at
      levels ranging from Platinum (US$ 40,000) to bronze (US$ 5,000). A 25 percent discount is offered
      until December 31, 2005; 15 percent discount until March 31, 2005; and a 5 percent discount until
      June 31, 2005. Amidst much applause, Harris Miller announced that ITAA would become a Bronze
      Sponsor of the event. Waudo Siganga (CSK; Kenya) asked if reduced rates would be available to
      developing countries. Mr. Looi Kien Leong responded that this had been discussed, and that this was
      one of the reasons for establishing early bird discounts. PIKOM would also explore with WITSA the
      possibility of obtaining scholarship funds from large international organizations, such as the World
      Bank.
11.   Digital Planet – Next Edition: WITSA Executive Director Allen Miller announced that the next edition
      of the Digital Planet report on global ICT spending would be released in early November, 2004. As
      previously reported, the new edition is produced by the WITSA using data and forecasts provided by
      Global Insight, Inc., covering the world’s 70 largest ICT buying nations and regions. The report is
      more forecast oriented than previous editions, including numbers through 2007, and also differ from
      past editions by including ICT spending data in specific industry segments, ranging from agriculture
      to finance & business services. A new feature is that the report will include online updates every six
      months. Moreover, WITSA has reached an agreement with Global Insight, Inc. whereby people can
      buy a more in-depth, “Enhanced”, edition at a premium price. WITSA will receive a percentage of the
      revenue from these sales as well. Miller covered some of the key findings of the new report, including
      that the worldwide ICT market is on the rebound and outpacing the global economy as a whole
      thanks largely to rapid growth in emerging markets. The presentation is posted online at
      http://www.witsa.org/presentations/. Finally, Miller requested that members who had agreed to place
      their association profiles in the new report would need to submit their content to the WITSA
      Secretariat within a week following the meeting.

12.   WITSA Budget: Harris Miller (ITAA) provided an overview of the WITSA budget. Miller noted that
      WITSA’s total assets at the end of 2004 was $139,000, including $50,000 in liabilities. Thus, only
      $89,000 was unrestricted “money in the bank”. Furthermore, Miller noted that no money had been
      received from WCIT 2004 in the current year. Miller urged members to pay their dues, as needed to
      maintain operations through May 2005.

13.   Next meeting. Harris Miller informed members of the meeting schedule for 2005. The Spring 2005
      WITSA Steering Committee and Public Policy Working Group will take place in Austin, Texas, at the
      Austin Hilton on May 5, 2005. The Fall 2005 WITSA Steering Committee and Public Policy Working
      Group will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; in connection with the September 2005 WITSA
      Global Public Policy Conference. The spring 2006 General Assembly meeting will take place in
      conjunction with the 2006 World Congress on IT (May 3-5, 2006).

14.   Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 1:00pm




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                                          MEETING PARTICIPANTS
                                   Monday & Tuesday, September 27-8, 2004
                                   Bakubung Lodge; Pilanesberg National Park
                                       North West Province; South Africa

MEMBERS

 COUNTRY                                     ASSOCIATION                                      NAME

Argentina          The Argentine ICT Companies Association (CESSI)                            Dr. Jorge A. Cassino
Armenia            Enterprise Incubator Foundation of Armenia                                 Mr Bagrat Yengbaryan
Armenia            Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia                     Mr. Arman Valesyan
                   (UITE)
Australia          AIIA - Australian Information Industry Association                         James McAdam
Bangladesh         Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS)                                           Abdullah H. Kafi
Canada             Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)                        Ronald W. Evans and Mrs
                                                                                              Colleen Evans
Costa Rica         CaproSOFT - Cámara de Productores de Software de                           Alex Mora
                   Costa Rica
Japan              JISA - Japan Information Technology Services Industry                      Hidemi Yamamoto
                   Association
Japan              JISA - Japan Information Technology Services Industry                      Kunitaka HASHIZUME
                   Association
Kenya              CSK - Computer Society of Kenya                                            Calvin Witere
Kenya              CSK - Computer Society of Kenya                                            Micugu Wagatharia
Kenya              CSK - Computer Society of Kenya                                            Mrs Gilda Odera
Kenya              CSK - Computer Society of Kenya                                            Waudo Siganga
Lebanon            Professional Computer Association of Lebanon (PCA)                         Nizar Zakka
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        David WONG Nan Fay
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        KHOO Hock Aun
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        KHOO Sin Aik
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        LEE Boon Kok
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        LOOI Kien Leong
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        WEI Chuan Beng
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Malaysia           Association of the Computer And Multimedia Industry                        Jagdish Dhaliwal
                   Malaysia (PIKOM)
Mongolia           MIDAS/MONITA                                                               Mr. Avir Sukhdorj
Romania            ATIC – IT&C Association of Romania                                         Dr. Vasile Baltac and Mrs
                                                                                              Luminita Baltac
Russia             Russian Association of Software Companies                                  Ms Vera Semyonova
Russia             Russian Information & Computer Technologies Industry                       Valentin Makarov
                   Association (APKIT)
Senegal            Senegalese Information Technology Association (SITSA)                      Ms. Coura Fall
South Africa       Information Industry South Africa (IISA)                                   Adrian Schofield
South Africa       Information Industry South Africa (IISA)                                   Nisha O’Hare
South Africa       Information Industry South Africa (IISA)                                   Zeth Malele
Spain              AETIC (Spanish Association of Electronics, Information                     Pedro Gutierrez de Cos
                   Technology and Telecommunications Companies)
Tanzania           TICTA – Tanzania ICT Association                                           Harry Hare
Uganda             PICTA - Private-Sector ICT Association of Uganda                           Mr. Ignatius Kakembo-Ntambi


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Uganda           PICTA - Private-Sector ICT Association of Uganda                           Rogers BAGUMA
United           Intellect                                                                  John Higgins and Mrs Ailsa
Kingdom                                                                                     Higgins
United States    Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)                       Harris Miller & Deborah Khan
Zimbabwe         COMSA (Computer Suppliers’ Association of Zimbabwe)                        Mark Oxley
                 WITSA                                                                      Allen Miller
                 WITSA                                                                      Anders Halvorsen

GUESTS:
 COUNTRY         ASSOCIATION                                                                NAME

Algeria          Algeria IT Association                                                     Mohamed Saidi
Algeria          Algerian ISPS Association (AAFSI)                                          Mr. Younes Grar
Bénin            APTIC – The IT Association in Benin                                        Corentin Adjovi
India            Synergia Consultants Private Limited                                       Tobby Simon
Namibia          Namibian ICT Alliance                                                      Volker Pesch
Rwanda           ARTEL Communications s.a.r.l                                               Andrew Rugege
South Africa     Department of Trade & Industry                                             Mr Yusuf Timol
Syria            Syrian Computer Society                                                    Feras Bakour
Trinidad and     The Information Technology Professional Society                            Mr. Rabindra Jaggernauth
Tobago           (ITPS) of Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia          Tunisian IT Chamber                                                        Mohamed SOMAI
Tunisia          Tunisian IT Chamber                                                        Faouzi ZAGHBIB
Ukraine          IT Ukraine                                                                 Alexei G. Kozhenkin
                 ITMA                                                                       Tom Chesney




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