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AFRIK-IT  July 1999

AFRIK-IT July 1999

Subject:

Announcing ADF'99

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Clement Dzidonu <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Tue, 6 Jul 1999 21:30:38 -0700

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Hello Afrik-ITers:

Just received the following announcement relating to the African
Development Forum (ADF) and its discussion list. Some of you may already be
aware of this important  ECA initiative and are subscribers to the ADF list
hosted by Bellanet.

I guess the theme of ADF'99  Challenges to Africa of Globalisation and the
Information Age relates very much to some of the key aspects of AFRIK-IT
discussions over the years. This initiative, provides us with yet another
chance and avenue to contribute to and shape key ICT issues as they relate
to the continent. Given that key ICT shapers, movers and opinion leaders
vis a vis Africa are on this list, I take it that  they would like to make
an input. Lets check it out...

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ADF'99 Discussion List


The Economic Commission for Africa as organizer of the African Development
Forum 1999 (ADF'99  Challenges to Africa of Globalisation and the
Information Age) invites you to participate in the online discussions that
will be launched on 1 June 1999 preceding the Forum, which will take place
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25-28 October 1999.

The African Development Forum (ADF) is an initiative led by the Economic
Commission for Africa (ECA) to position an African-driven development
agenda that reflects a consensus among major partners and that leads to
specific programmes for country implementation.

The aim of the African Development Forum is to present the key stakeholders
in African development (governments, civil society, the private sector,
researchers and academics, intergovernmental organisations and donors) with
the results of current research and opinion on key development issues in
order to formulate shared goals and priorities, draft action programmes and
define the environment that will enable African countries to implement
these programmes. The Forum will meet annually on a different development
issue.

The 1999 Forum is the first, on the theme "The Challenge to Africa of
Globalisation and the Information Age". Additional information is available
on the ADF web site at:  http://www.un.org/depts/eca/adf/

Discussions in the African Development Forum are open to participants from
around the world interested in issues of information technology,
globalisation and African development. In order to assure that those with
limited Internet access can participate, the dialogue will be conducted by
means of an email list, with summaries of posted messages archived to the
ADF web site.

The discussions will be based on:

1.      The policy themes of the conference:

Strengthening Africa's information infrastructure
Africa and the information economy
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for improved governance
Democratising access to the information society.

2.      National Information and Communications Infrastructure (NICI) policies
and plans, which underline all of the Forum's activities.

3.      The special issues of emphasis:

The importance of regional efforts and regional cooperation in the face of
globalisation and the information age
The role of the African diaspora in improving Africa's competitive position
The role of the youth in moving Africa into the information age.

Your contributions are sought on the following discussion themes:

(The dates given are indicative; based on participant interest, dates are
subject to change with notice given by ECA)

Strengthening Africa's information infrastructure (1-18 June 1999)

Infrastructure development is the sine qua non for Africa's entry into the
information age.  Areas of concentration include rural telecommunications
development, use of new wireless and cable technologies to ensure
connectivity, ensuring enabling policy and regulatory framework development
and human resource development. The African Ministers of Communication
African Connection will be a special focus.

Africa and the information economy (21 June  9 July 1999)

This is the area which has been least developed to date in implementation
of the AISI, but the one which has the greatest development potential for
the African region. The Forum will identify areas and sectors conducive to
African employment and job creation opportunities and consider the
prerequisites necessary for African to enter the information economy in a
significant way. Electronic commerce development will be a major
consideration.

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) for improved governance
(12-30 July 1999)

ICTs have great potential for improved governance, particularly for the
participation of civil society in political debate. For the first time
there is clear opportunity for individuals and populations living outside
the centre to make their views heard. ICTs also bring the possibilities for
governments to be able to reach their citizens in remote locations and
serve them in the same way as those living in capital cities. The role of
the media using new technologies for improved governance will be stressed.

Democratising access to the information society (2-20 August 1999)

Equity concerns figure prominently in discussions of the introduction of
ICTs in Africa. The worst possible scenario surrounding the introduction of
ICTs in Africa is the creation of an information elite and the exacerbation
of gaps between social classes. African planners must make deliberate
policy to reach those who previously have been isolated from information,
from services and from civil participation. Among the beneficiaries,
particular attention will be paid to women in Africa as users of these
tools.

National Information and Communication Technology policies and plans
(23 August  10 September 1999)

Special issues: (13 September  3 October 1999)

The importance of regional efforts and regional cooperation in the face of
globalisation and the information age. (13-19 September 1999)

The role of the African diaspora in improving Africa's competitive
position. (20-26 September 1999)

The role of youth in moving Africa into the information age. (27 September
 3 October 1999)

The topics of discussion from 4-25 October 1999 will be determined based on
the contents and direction of the discussions in the previous months.

Although these discussions will not begin until June 1, we invite you to
subscribe now to the list. All you need is an email account.

==============
To subscribe, please send a message to:

[log in to unmask]

In the body of the message, type:

SUBSCRIBE aisi-hitd-l  name

(Name is your full name)


Please feel free to distribute this announcement as widely as possible to
friends and colleagues who might be interested in participating. We
particularly invite cross-posting of this message to other lists.


For further information on ADF, visit our web site:
http://www.un.org/depts/eca/adf



====================
Clement Dzidonu  PhD.
President & CEO
International Institute for
Information Technology (INIIT)
P.O Box AN-19782
Accra-North
Ghana

Tel. 233-21-246200
Fax. 233-21-763062
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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