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FROM WITFOR to WSIS TUNIS. Prof. Nadia Hegazi Senior Expert For International Relations Ministry Of Telecommunications And Information Technology. The Main Concern is:.

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FROM WITFOR to WSIS TUNIS

Prof. Nadia Hegazi

Senior Expert For International Relations

Ministry Of Telecommunications And Information Technology


The Main Concern is:

  • To create and activate the knowledge economy focused on extending Internet connectivity in the African states and the developing countries

  • To generate growth through translating connectivity into economic activities stimulating services, applications and content that create new markets and reduce costs and eventually increase productivity throughout the economy.

  • Collaborate previous efforts and presenting guidelines for critical areas


Aspects of the African Information Society

  • Capacity Building, human resource development, education and training.

  • E-Government and serving the citizens.

  • Cultural Diversity and Supporting Multilingual Content.


Aspects of African Information SocietyCont’d

  • Building a regional information infrastructure and info-structure

  • Trade, Commerce, research and development and Piracy in ICT.

  • Security Issues.


The opportunity

  • The information society is an excellent chance for :

  • Developing other sectors

  • Developing an ICT sector by itself

  • Socio economic development


SOLIDARITY

  • Solidarity in our Thinking

  • Solidarity of our Markets

  • Solidarity of our Finance


The WSIS and Africa

  • The WSIS has had consensus on all point relevant to the requirements of the west

  • All the issues relevant to Africa and developing countries were deferred to Tunis


ISSUES THAT NEED FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

  • FUNDING

  • INTERNET GOVERNANCE

  • FOLLOWUP MECHANISMS


BEST PRACTICES

  • DEBT SWAPPING EG WHAT HAPPENED IN EGYPT


FOLLOW UP

  • WE SHOULD USE OUR OWN INSTITUTES EG E-AFRICA COMMISSION AND ECA


  • WITFOR WORKS ON SETTING THE SCENE FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES


Urgency of Regional Integration

Creating Regional Network:

  • This network is based on centers to transfer data, and focal Internet exchanges in the region. Such centers are the corner stones and base of this network.

  • Data centers and exchanges require fast connecting lines of fiber optics to link such points together.


Urgency of Regional Integration

  • Regional integration is believed to be an essential condition to cut down on the cost of ICT services and provide better security


Urgency of Regional Integration: Cont’d

  • This regional network is connected, on one hand, with corresponding ones in other regions (such as Europe, Asia, and others)

  • On the other hand, this network is connected with national networks of the region.


Building a Regional Information Infrastructure and Info-structure

  • Bulk purchase of International bandwidth to reduce cost of internet connectivity to the international backbone through coordination with the e-Africa commission.

  • Establishing own data centers or will set peering agreements with the existing data centers in the region, thus preventing regional communication from passing into other regions


SOLIDARITY

  • Pooling our money is one thing

  • Pooling our Resources

  • 1-Training resources South –South

  • 2-pooling our expertise

  • 3-integrating our markets

  • 4-Chances for Job Creation


TRADE AND COMMERCE IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • The implementation of a regional root Certificate of Authority (CoA);

  • Multilateral and/or bilateral agreements on electronic commerce and trade;


WHAT DO WE WANT FROM THE TUNIS PHASE

  • Do we want declarations??????

  • No

  • Do we have to wait till Tunis for projects

  • Why ????????


WHAT SHOULD WE DO

  • Start our work from now


  • WE MEET NEXT TIME WITH ACTION IN PLACE

  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION


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