On Fri, 28 Apr 2000, Jeffrey Cochrane wrote:
> Greetings Afrik-ITes!
> On 27 Apr 00, at 12:57, Kofi V Anani wrote:
> > Given the history of debt in Third World Countries, and
> > the underlying complicity of the same forces and actors
> > at the forefront of the crusade for the 'information
> > superhighway', 'bridging the digital divide', the
> > 'information haves and have-nots', nothing seems more
> > plausible than a bold global initiative to TURN DEBTs
> > INTO INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE in LDCs
> What a remarkable idea!
Great, and thanks Jeff !
> > (If you think this suggestion is ridiculous and borders
> > on insanity, let us throw it to the court of public
> > opinion at both ends of the spectrum).
> Quite the contrary. Shall we call this the Anani Accord?
> And perhaps as part of the accord, all signatory telecenter
> beneficiaries of such debt swaps would agree to offer free
> access to school children on Friday mornings (in honor of
> all persons born on a Friday).
Yes we can call the debt swaps for Internet the Anani Accord if we want
to, and it will honour not only children born on Friday but all children
of the so-called heavily indebted countries. Maybe you and your
organization could play the lead role in supporting the Agenda to bring
the Accord to the world stage and to the ears of the major players in the
debt discussion and negotiation debacle.
> Jeff @ Nairobi
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