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In September 2004, the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) organized, in
collaboration with the Ecole Supérieure et Multinationale des
Telecommunications (ESMT, Senegal) and Balancing Act, with support from IDRC,
OSIWA and the DFID CATIA Programme, a workshop on international ICT policies
for Africa, at Mbodiene, Senegal.
I am pleased to inform you that the report of the workshop is available at
One of the motivations of the workshop was the launch of the Centre for
International ICT Policies for Central and West Africa (CIPACO). This Center
is established by PIWA (ICT Programme) in the framework of the 1 F component of
the CATIA Programme http://www.catia.ws/content/Components/component1f.htm.
The Center aims at contributing to strengthening the participation of African
stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society) in international ICT
decision-making. It functions as a network and receives advices from A Regional
Advisory Committee composed of a number of experts working in the two regions.
It collaborates with a number of partners that constitute the main source of
The centre will have five main areas of activities:
1.Management of a website of resources: this information system has three main
functions: to provide current information and reference documents on ICT
policies to all stakeholders in Central and West Africa (in particular); to
offer a regular and an updated agenda on international ICT events and to host
resources produced by the Centre.
2.Production of studies and analyses on priority issues in order to favour and
3.Organisation of virtual debates: the aim is to reinforce collective capacities
on priority issues and to arouse synergies
4.Support participation in selected international meetings in order to
contribute to the expression of African concerns and points of views.
5.Networking with other centres of expertise on ICT policies to reinforce
synergies and expertise
Activities will cover three main themes: Access to ICTs, Regulation (governance,
legislation) and Financing of ICTs. These thematic areas and priority issues
were identified during and after the workshop on international ICT Policies.
Additionnal information can be found on our provisionnal pages
You will receive more information on our activities in the coming weeks.
Coordinator of the Centre for International ICT Policies
- West and Central Africa (CIPACO)
Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA)
6, rue Calmette BP 21 132 Dakar Ponty
Tél.: +221 849 16 65
Informing and Communicating to promote a culture of
Democracy, Citizenship and Peace in Africa.
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