Pierre Dandjinou, I would like to encourage you in your efforts to share the plans, knowledge, strategies, tools, estimates, and approaches for managing the Y2K issue across the continent. Given the breadth and scope of the task each country faces, the more effective your efforts to leverage each other's experiences and plans are the greater chances you'll have for success. Across the globe, companies and countries are all finding it increasingly difficult to manage the Y2K efforts with resources that are insufficient and in high demand. I would encourage the development of an African Y2K Committee, with representation from each participating country. This committee could act as the focal point for knowledge sharing and strategy development. There are and will continue to be many lessons to learn and share with one another, and such a formal structure could facilitate some of that exchange. Just a few thoughts, from an interested individual. By the way, I am Patrick Gerdes, an IT consultant, and a manager of an Internet Engineering group in the states. Thanks, Patrick Patrick F. Gerdes Manager, Internet Systems Engineering 504-576-2162 [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Pierre dandjinou [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Sent: Friday, August 21, 1998 9:33 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Y2k Parallels Hi All, I am Pierre Dandjinou from the Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) of the UNDP. Jeff's brief report on Y2k in Kazakstan is interesting and I also like the parallel with Africa. We are planning a series of national meeting on the issue, to raise awareness and encourage actions for fixing the bug. We would like to know what African countries have been doing so far to solve the problem. For instance, South Africa has developed a fully fledged programme for assisting private and public sectors. Namibia has set up a commission which is currently catering for their administration. Gabon has nominated an ad hoc committee which still needs to publicise its working plan. As to Nigeria, the Ministry for Science and technology has just announced that a total of US $ 10 billions will be needed to tackle the problem. Could we hear more on the status and plans of other African countries? Regards Pierre Dandjinou SDNP/UNDP Pierre Dandjinou &&&&& Tel : 229 31 53 84 Programme Officer for Africa Sustainable Development Networking Programme UNDP P.O.Box : 526 Cotonou Benin ************************************************ "From the Pipes to the People : A key to sustainable development"