"Partnerships and Participation in Telecommunications for Rural Development"
Conference at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada: Oct 26 & 27,
1998. See note below for further information...
**Conference News Flash** October 16, 1998 http://www.snowden.org
Item 1) Detailed conference agenda now on-line: http://www.snowden.org
The detailed conference agenda for the "Partnerships and Participation in
Telecommunications for Rural Development" Conference is now on-line at
Recent additions to the agenda include several speakers from developing
countries who are involved in "Multi-purpose Community Telecentre"
initiatives in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union,
and Mike Weibe of Bell Wireless Service who will be speaking about "Win-Win
Partnerships for Rural Telecom."
Item 2) On-line pre-conference - covering the globe
We are impressed with the quality of the participation with the On-line
Pre-conference and the breadth of experience represented among the
participants. There is a significant Australian rural telecom presence in
the On-line Pre-conference which indicates that Australians are likely
making good progress in addressing the issues of telecommunications for
rural development - it must certainly be a major public policy issue there!
Other registered participants are from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada,
Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland,
France, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal,
Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Viet
Nam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
As of today, there are over 160 postings to the On-line Pre-conference. Key
discussion threads include: "Specific Rural Development Objectives?";
"Training Issues - Non-technical"; "Participation in Content Development"
and "Sustainability." Significantly, the "Sustainability" discussion thread
is receiving the most traffic!
Item 3) Hotels are filling up fast for the October 26 & 27th Conference in
Guelph. If you are planning to register, please do so quickly so that you
can get a hotel room close to the University of Guelph where the Conference
will take place. We are trying to arrange to hold additional hotel rooms at
the nearby hotels, but there are no guarantees unless you have registered
for the conference. See the registration information below!
About the "Partnerships and Participation in Telecommunication for Rural
The two-day face-to-face conference on October 26 & 27, 1998 will take place
on the beautiful campus of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario,
Canada. Guelph is a short 45 minute drive from Toronto with easy access to
and from Toronto International Airport (Pearson Airport). The conference
focuses on telecommunications for participatory rural development. It looks
at how lessons-learned in Canada might be applied by people in other
countries, and how lessons learned in other countries might be applied in
There is still time to register for the conference! You may call (519) 824
4120 ext. 2353 to register by phone, or you can print, complete and fax your
registration(s) from our website at
http://www.snowden.org/conference/registerpaid.html The conference fee is
$349 +GST for Canadian residents and $300 US for non-Canadians.
This conference is sponsored by: Don Snowden Program for Development
Communication, Foundation for International Training, Bell Canada, SR
Telecom, International Telecommunication Union, International Development
Research Centre, Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada,
University of Guelph, and the TeleCommons Development Group.
Don Snowden Program for Development Communication
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 519-824-4120 x 3811 Fax: 519-836-9941
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