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Open Consultations on Financial Mechanisms: Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development (8-9 October, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland)


 

 

Background

The financing of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development is an important area to address in the context promoting a more inclusive global information society. Wider diffusion and better use of ICTs can help to achieve more effectively the goals outlined in the Millennium Declaration.

The WSIS Tunis Agenda for the Information Society (November 2005) recognizes the scale of the challenge in bridging the digital divide, which will require adequate and sustainable investments in ICT infrastructure and services, and capacity building, and transfer of technology over many years to come. There is a continuous need to evaluate how existing as well as new financial mechanisms can support greater access and use of ICTs in developing countries. Following a recommendation by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UNGIS is pleased to announce that Open Consultations on Financial Mechanisms for Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development will take place from 8-9 October 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Objectives

These Open Consultations will offer a unique opportunity to review progress, share views and discuss new approaches at the national, regional and international level to the financing of ICTs for development. It will give the possibility to develop a better understanding on the need for future actions to respond to the part B of the Tunis Agenda. The meeting is intended to serve as a platform for information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and building partnerships.
 
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 First Session - Opening Ceremony

 2nd Session - Existing Financial Mechanisms and Issues at Stake (Part One)

 3rd Session - Existing Financial Mechanisms and Issues at Stake (Part Two)

 4th Session - Financing backbone infrastructure (national, regional, international) and universal access to ICTs

 5th Session - Financing applications and content

 6th Session - Financing for capacity-building (skills, institutions, regulatory framework)

 7th Session - Other dimensions of financial mechanisms

 8th Session - Open discussion

 


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 Draft Meeting Agenda

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 8 October 2009

9:00 – 10:30

Room K

Opening Ceremony  

Link to WSIS; Issues at stake; Overview of the main existing financial mechanisms; Expected outcome of the consultations

 

Ø  Dr Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary General

   

 

Ø  Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary General of UNCTAD

   

 

Ø  H.E. Basem Rousan, Minister, Ministry of Information and

    Communications Technology (MoICT), Hashemite Kingdom of

    Jordan

   

 

Ø  H.E. Dr. Hoda Baraka, First Deputy to the Minister, Minister

    of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

     

 

Ø  Mr Montassar Ouaili, CEO, Tunisie Telecom, Tunisia

     (ar) 

 

Ø  H.E. Andrzej Sados, Minister, Permanent Mission of the

    Republic of Poland to the United Nations Office and other

    International Organizations in Geneva

     

 

 

10:30-11:00

 

 

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Room K

 

Existing Financial Mechanisms and Issues at Stake (Part One)

Current financing mechanisms; How can existing mechanisms be enhanced?; Need for new mechanisms?; Role of various stakeholders (private/public; national/regional/international)

 

Address: Sami Al-Basheer Al Morshid, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau 

 

Moderator: Dr. Yuri Grin, Deputy to the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development bureau

 

Ø  Heather Thorne, Strategy and Business Operations Manager,

    Grameen Foundation 
    A Framework for Sustainability in ICT for Development

    Initiatives

   

 

Ø   Doyle Gallegos, Lead ICT Policy Specialist and Telecoms

      Practice Leader at the World Bank Financing ICT for Development

   

 

Ø  Rafael Fuentes, ICT Agenda Coordinator, Analysis and

    Programming Department, Corporacion Andina de Foment,    

    Caracas, Venezuela, CAF 
    Innovation in Infrastructures: A business proposal to benefit

    us all

   

 

Ø  Mitchell Strauss, Special Advisor to the President, OPIC,

    USA
    OPIC’s capability, efficiency and effectiveness in promoting

    ICT related projects

     

 

Ø Patrick Kalas, SDC, on behalf of Global Knowledge

    Partnership (GKP)

ØTomasz Janowski, United Nations University
    Conversations on the World Financial and Economic Crisis -

    Impact and Opportunities for ICT

   

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Oral contribution:

    H.E. Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Ambassador

    Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative,

      Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United

      Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva 

                                  

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions

 

Ø  OECD/InfoDev
    Draft Report from the Workshop on Policy Coherence in the

    Application of Information and Communication Technologies

    for Development
    Background Paper on the Role of Competition in the Access

    to ICTs

   

 

12:30 – 14:30

 

 

Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Room B

 

Existing Financial Mechanisms and Issues at Stake (Part Two)

Current financing mechanisms; How can existing mechanisms be enhanced?; Need for new mechanisms?; Role of various stakeholders (private/public; national/regional/international)

 

Moderator: Anne Miroux, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

 

Ø  Henry Chasia, Executive Deputy Chairperson, NEPAD e-

    Africa Commission

   

 

Ø  Bashir Patel, Director of Programme and Business

    Development, Commonwealth Telecommunications    

    Organisation (CTO) 
    Funding Schemes in Some of Key Member Countries

   

 

Ø  Yousef Nusseir, Chief of Information and Communication

    Technologies Division, ESCWA 
    Financing the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes in the

    ESCWA Region  

   

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions

Ø  Towa Koh Michel, Coordonnateur National  ACSIS

    Cameroun, Directeur Fondateur du C.F.T.I. 
    De la Gouvernance et de la Solidarite Internationale

     (fr)  

 

Ø  Rami Adel Abou Shadi, Administrative And Finance

    Coordinator, Communication and Information Technology    

    Center (CITC) - Mansoura University, Egypt
    ICT between financial and planning strategies in developing

    countries

    

 

 

16:00 – 16:30

 

 

Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00

Room B

Financing backbone infrastructure (national, regional, international) and universal access to ICTs

Current financing mechanisms; How can existing mechanisms be enhanced?; Need for new mechanisms?; Role of various stakeholders (private/public; national/regional/international)

 

Moderator: Emamgholi Behdad, Chief of Projects and Initiatives Department, ITU

 

Ø  Moctar Yedaly, Head of Telecommunications and Posts

    Division, African Union Commission (AUC)
    The AU Reference Framework for  Harmonization of policies

    and Regulations

   

   

Ø  Robindhra Mangtani, Senior Director, GSM Association
    Universal access: Mobile voice, data, broadband  for all

     

 

 Ø  Hasanul Haq Inu, Member if Parliament, Bangladesh    

    TheFinancing challenges for development of ICT: The case    

    of Digital Bangladesh

   

 

 Ø  David Souter, on behalf of the Association for Progressive

    Communications Regional Backbone Infrastructure & Broadband

    Capacity / Universal Access Funds and Universal Service

    Obligations

    

 

Ø  John N. Kariuki, Communications Technology Expert,

    Ministry of Information and Communications, NAIROBI
    Financial Mechanisms for Meeting the Challenges of ICT for

    Development

         

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions

   SeaCom

   The Seacom Story

   

 

Ø  Sola Afolabi, Director, Community Computer Centre, Office of

    the Vice President, ECOWAS Commissin

 


 

 

 

 

Friday, 9 October 2009

 

9:00 – 10:30

Room K

Financing applications and content

Current financing mechanisms; How can existing mechanisms be enhanced?; Need for new mechanisms?; Role of various stakeholders (private/public; national/regional/international)

 

Moderator: Makane Faye, Senior Regional Advisor, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

 

Ø  Randi Ramusack, United Nations Technology Officer,

    Microsoft Corporation
    Partners for technology access: Creative financing solutions

    for ICT4D

     

 

Ø  Maui Sanford, President; Pacific Islands

    Telecommunications Association (PITA).
    Approaches to partnerships and consolidation; overcoming

    the special issues of the small islands developing states

   

 

Ø  Laura Garcia Vitoria, Directrice scientifique de la Fondation

    des Territoires de Demain, France

    Pour un développement basé sur l’innovation: le Living Lab

    des Territoires de Demain et l’invention de cadres et modèles

    innovants pour l’application des TIC au développement.

           (es)   (fr)   (fr)

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions

Ø  Francis F. Muguet, NET4D, Switzerland; The Global 

    Patronage
    A worldwide inclusive financing mechanism for Digital

    Works / Free Software Fund for Digital Solidarities (FSFDS)

       FSFDS.org

 

 

 

10:30 – 11:00

 

 

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Room K

Financing for capacity-building (skills, institutions, regulatory framework)

Current financing mechanisms; How can existing mechanisms be enhanced?; Need for new mechanisms?; Role of various stakeholders (private/public; national/regional/international)

 

Moderator: Cedric Wachholz, Coordinator for the World Summit on the Information Society, UNESCO

 

Ø  Makhtar Fall, Head, Regulatory and Market Environment

    Division, ITU
    Building
capacity to address financial mechanisms

Ø  Ilari Lindy, Advisor, Information Society for Development,

    Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
    The role of bilateral donors in supporting capacity-building in

    the area of ICT

   

 

Ø  Dr. Dong Ju Choi, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Women's

    Information Network Center (APWINC), Sookmyung Women's 

    University, Korea
    Financing for Capacity-building -Public-Private Partnership

    (PPP) case of APWINC

   

 

Ø  Dr. Francois Ullmann, President of "Ingenieurs du Monde"
    Pour la prise en considération des biens immatériels

           (fr)

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions
Ø  Portugal, Ministry of Public Works, Transport and

    Communications
    Fostering Information Technology for all: State investment on

    capacity building for younger generations and financial

    mechanism and associated measures to stimulate investment

    in NGN

   

 

Ø   Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, Chief Executive Officer,

    Bangladesh

    Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
    Creating a new Financing mechanism for Capacity Building

    through facilitating establishment of Centre of Excellence at

    country level to strengthen the building of capacity, skills and

    institutions on ICT

   

 

Ø  International Taskforce for Women and ICTs (ITF),

    Contribution

      

 

 

12:30 – 14:30

 

 

Lunch

14:30 – 15:30

Room K

Other dimensions of financial mechanisms

Emerging challenges; New developments

 

Moderator: Jaroslaw Ponder, Strategy and Policy Coordinator, ITU

 

Ø  Alawia Alhamadabi, Head of Foreign Affairs, National

    Information Center of Sudan
    Sudan National Information Society Strategy

   

 

Ø  Valeria Jordan, Coordinator of the E-Digital Inclusion

    Component of ICT Projects, from the Area of Innovation and

    Innovation and ICT of the Division of Production, Productivity

    and Management, ECLAC
    Emerging challenges: the Latin America and the Caribbean

    perspective

   

 

Ø  Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Secretariat

   of the Basel Convention
   Financing ICT for Development - The Reverse Side of the Coin

    

 

Ø  Open floor for comments and other contributions

 

Ø  Relevant written contributions
Ø  Dr Timothy Barker, DIYNGO
    Searching for the Ghost in the Capitalist Machine: The 

    Utilisation of Financial Mechanisms to Fund Information

    Communication Technologies for Development

   

 

15:30 – 17:00

Room K

Open discussion

Main conclusions; Best practices; Next steps

 

Moderator: ITU, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNECA

 

Ø  David Townsend

Ø  Swiss Administration (TBC)

Ø  Open floor for comments, other contributions and conclusions

 

17:00

Room K

 

Closing ceremony

 

Ø  ITU, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNECA

 



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Click here to see the list of participants

This Open Consultation will have multi-stakeholder character and is open to all WSIS Stakeholders:
  
         - Governments
         - Development Agences
         - Development Banks 
         - International Organizations 
         - Civil Socity 
         - Foundations
         - Research Institutions
         - Private Sector
         - Miscellenous
 


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Call for Contributions

UNGIS invites representatives from government, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to take a pro-active role by submitting written contributions in electronic format to: contact@ungis.org no later than 30 September 2009.

Whether participating in the meeting or not, UNGIS encourages all interested stakeholders to submit written contributions by 20 September 2009. All submissions will be posted on a website dedicated to the Open Consultations at www.ungis.org, and reflected in the meeting’s summary to be prepared by the UNGIS secretariat. If you are interested in taking an active role in the Open Consultations meeting (as a keynote speaker, panelist etc.) you are kindly invited to contact the UNGIS secretariat at your earliest convenience.

Contributions are welcome on, but are not limited to, the following:

- Policy frameworks and implementation strategies relating to the financing of ICT
- Financing backbone infrastructure (national and international)
- Financing effective (universal) access to ICTs
- Financing the development of relevant applications and content
- Financing to strengthen the building of capacity, skills and institutions
- The role of global, regional and national resources and financial mechanisms
- Innovative models of financing ICT
- Role of the public and the private sector as well as combinations thereof


This list of topics shall stimulate contributions. Other suggestions are welcome.

For more information on the Open Consultations or other UNGIS activities please contact the UNGIS Secretariat at contact@ungis.org



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1. When and where?

The Open Consultations on Financial Mechanisms for Meeting the Challenges of ICT for Development will take place from 8-9 October 2009 in Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland.

2. How to get there?

Geneva Palexpo is located 10 minutes from Geneva’s city centre. Served directly by international airport, international railway station, motorway network. For more location information, please visit Palexpo website: http://www.geneva-palexpo.ch/en/Situation/index.php.

3. How to register?

In case you are still not registered, please click here and register as soon as possible. Please note that registration is compulsory for all participants of the meeting. Representatives of the International Organizations and Permanent Missions from Geneva are also required to register to the meeting and collect the UNGIS badge in order to attend the meeting.

Please note that the online registration system will be closed by 6 October. Based on the registration each participant will receive UNGIS badge, giving access to the meeting room and TELECOM exhibition.

4. How to get your badge?

Your badge will be available in the Forum Delegates Registration on 8 and 9 October 2009. Look for No 1 at the Registration Plan, available here.

Please note that the Registration Desk of the UNGIS Open Consultations will be open from 8:00 to 18:00. Taking into account the significant number of participants registered to the meeting so far we encourage you to plan your arrival to the venue well in advance prior to the meeting in order to get your badge on time.

We would like to request you to remember about taking with you your ID as well as hard copy of confirmation message you had received from the registration system.

5. How to follow agenda of the meeting?

Please note that the final agenda of the meeting as well as relevant materials will be made available at the UNGIS website (www.ungis.org) shortly.

6. Find accommodation

Are there any examples of new, innovative or multi-stakeholder mechanisms to promote opportunity, and what should be their role?
In order to find accommodation, please visit the following ITU page (http://www.itu.int/travel/)
Alternatively, please consult the following document (http://www.ngocongo.org/files/ga_lodging_in_geneva.doc)

7. More information on Geneva

- City guide
City of Geneva - official website link
Columbus city guide link

- Maps
Interactive map from city of Geneva: official website link
Street search map of Geneva link
Printable map of Geneva link
Download maps of Geneva city and Canton of Geneva link

- Transportation
Bus system, Transport Public Geneva link
Geneva International Airport link

- Weather
Weather conditions today and five day forecast link
Weather map and 10 day forecast link

8. Meeting's language

Meeting will be held in English. Please note that only for the Opening Ceremony, English / French interpretation will be provided.



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For more information on the Open Consultations or other UNGIS activities please contact the UNGIS Secretariat at contact@ungis.org


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DRAFT REPORT

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DRAFT AGENDA

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Call for Contributions
Deadline: 30 September 2009

  

 

 

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