ACSIS SESSION 140 WSIS Forum 2016

ACSIS SESSION 140 WSIS Forum 2016

1)      Title of session:         WSIS+10 and Beyond, Where do we Stand in Africa? What are the Main Challenging Issues and Proposals for Implementation? (Room C1, ITU Tower)

SMSI + 10 et au-delà, Où en sommes-nous en Afrique ? Quelles sont les principaux défis et propositions pour la mise en œuvre ?

The workshop will help to develop strategies and long-term actions for the benefit of Africa and African communities, in order to sustainably benefit from digital dividend, in accordance with African Union 2063 Agenda and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in line with WSIS+10 Outcome Document.

Le panel va aider à dégager des stratégies et actions à long terme pour que les africains puissent bénéficier pleinement des dividendes du numérique conformément à l’Agenda 2063 de l’Union africaine et aux objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies

Moderator : Dr. Cisse Kane
Speakers / panellists
  • Hon. Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attia, Minister of science and communications, Sudan
    • Hon. M. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General International Telecommunications Union
    • Hon. M. Moustapha Mamy Diaby, Ministre des Postes, des Télécommunications et de l’Economie Numérique de la Guinée
    • Anne-Rachel Inne Vice-President (ICANN)
    • Jean-Louis Fullsack Président de CESIR
    • Kenta Mochizuki, Yahoo Japan
    • M. Moctar Seck UNECA, Addis Ababa
    • Ahmed Eisa  Gedaref – ACSIS (Remote participation)
  • Name of Organization/s organizing the session ACSIS – Africa Civil Society on the Information Society
  • Relevance with the WSIS Action Lines – please specify the Action lines C1 to C11

ICT and the internet are key enablers of all action lines. Therefore it should be promoted at all levels.

 

  • Main outcomes highlighting the following:

 

  1. Debated Issues
  • Please capture highlights of the main issues debated and interactions with audience

What did work in terms of implementation?

  • Internet penetration is evolving positively
  • Building infrastructures
  • Mobile development
  • Roaming charges eliminated within eastern African countries, for example
  • Ict is now more and more seen as a key issue with G7, G20, AAAA
  • It is more and more recognized that ICT should be a priority (ITU officials are more and more to take part to important gathering (WEF, G7, etc.)
  • Ict application like M-PEAS

Challenging issues

  • Financing ICT4D is the key issue, Africa doen’t have a global strategy
  • Most of ICT and telecom companies are in the hands of foreign companies
  • Africa is not benefitting for the e-revenues as it should
  • Monopoly
  • In many African countries, Internet is only for social networks
  • African is quite absent in terms of contents on the Internet, in term of innovation and research (2%)
  • Although domain names have been repatriated in Africa, most of official do not localize their exchanges in Africa and continue to use .gmail, .yahoo, and most of contents including very sensitive are hosted outside of Africa
  • There is a question of Africa sovereignty
  • Cybersecurity and hamfull contents remain a challenge
  • The question of energy and power remain a big challenge

 

  • Please highlight key achievements and challenges shared by the audience and/ or panelists
  • ICT could really help for African growth
  • Partnership with Africa

 

  1. Quotes
  • Please provide two important quotes from the session and the names & organization of the person you are quoting.

“Africa must not wait for charity “ Hou Lin Zhao, ITU SG

“Africa can finance its development” Mactar Seck UNECA

“Lack of benefit from finances” Dr. Tahani Minister Sudan

“Internet is only for social network”, not really dedicated to knowledge society, Dr. Tahani,             Minister Sudan

 

  • Main Outcomes of the Session highlighting
  • main conclusions reached during the discussion
  • financing through ICT revenues remains a key issue to be dealt with at a continental level
  • Africa must benefit more from ict revenues
  • Training and improving skills in internet critical issues should be an important objective.

 

  • the vision for implementation of WSIS Action lines beyond 2015.

The main enabler for implementation is financing mechanism and it is lacking in Africa.

 

  1. Main linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals

Ict are key enablers for all SDG

Education and training

Access to health

Job creation and end of poverty

Access to basic services

 

  1. Emerging Trends related to WSIS Action Lines identified during the meeting

E-applications by Africans

Innovation

  1. Suggestions for Thematic Aspects that might be included in the WSIS Forum 2017

FINANCING ICT4D in Africa and developing new models of financing ICT4D

Local languages and local contents

Developing good information systems for Africa

 

Report prepared by Dr. Cisse Kane, ACSIS 02 May 2016