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National Reporting on WSIS Implementation Mechanisms and ICT Strategies

Jaroslaw K. Ponder

International Telecommunication UnionTelecommunication Development Bureau

WSIS Outcome Documents

  • Tunis Agenda sets a target of 2010 for the formulation and elaboration of sustainable national e-strategies as an integral part of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies (Para 85 of Tunis Agenda).

  • It also encourages governments, with the participation of all stakeholders and bearing in mind the importance of an enabling environment, to set up a national implementationmechanism (Para 100)

National Reporting on WSIS Implementation Mechanisms and ICT Strategies

  • Initiative launched on the occasion of the WTISD 2007

  • The main goal of the exercise was to launch portal highlighting progress on the WSIS implementationat the national level

  • This publicly accessible portal is available at:


National Reporting on WSIS Implementation Mechanisms

  • Portal contains more than 70 reports on WSIS implementation, which were prepared and submitted by the member states or prepared by the WSIS Stocktaking Team, based on the information collected from the publicly available sources for validation.

  • Reports include comprehensive descriptions of the national mechanisms established to advance achievement of the WSIS objectives, as well as information on e-strategies as well as key initiatives undertaken since WSIS in Tunis 2005.

2007 Exercise: Focus Africa

  • The purpose of 2007/2008 exercise was to focus on national implementation mechanisms in 51 African countries considering following five directions:

  • the steps undertaken by multilateral institutions and governments

  • infrastructure, applications, content and general countries’ priorities

national development plans

evolution of the e-strategies

examples of successfully implemented national strategies

(Seychelles, South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius)

2007 Exercise: Focus Africa

Few Priorities:

Human capacity

education and skills development


enabling and conducive environment

Legal and regulatory framework


As a user, purchaser, and a regulator must support the use of ICTs for the innovative, effective and efficient delivery of information and services to the citizen and within the public sector

In its new Strategy 2017Seychelles follows the WSIS outcomes and focus on achievement of the connectivity goals.

Case Studies: Seychelles

The national strategy e-Maroc2010 which was launched in 2005 gave the opportunity to mainstream the WSIS outcomes at the national level.

The main focus of the E-Maroc Strategy:


economic and social development

Case Studies: Morocco

Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database

With its new converged regulatory framework for the ICT sector, aimed to low costs ICT access and increase the efficiency of telecommunications service, South Africa follows the WSIS objectives.

The priority of implementation mechanism is to create a favorable environment that ensures that South Africa has the capacity to advance socio-economic development goals.

Supporting role for the WSIS was in implementation of the IT Strategy projects, which included 4 fundamental objectives: sustainable ICT sector, use ICTs for socio-economic development, creation of the ICT workforce as well as world-class culture of ICT innovation.

Case Studies: South Africa

Case Studies: Swaziland

Swaziland went through several reforms building up comprehensive ICT framework laying down necessary foundation for the separation of functions of the Ministry (policy), Regulator (regulation) and operators (separation of Post and Telecommunications)

The examples of projects:

  • Egypt

  • Smart School Network

  • Ethiopia

  • Developing ICT human resources development strategy

  • Kenya

  • Center of excellence projects for English Speaking Africa

Thank you very much for your attention!

Jaroslaw K. Ponder

International Telecommunication Union

Telecommunication Development Bureau

[email protected]

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