SESSION 171

ACSIS SESSION – WSIS Forum 2016 : SESSION 171

1) How to Develop Appropriate Strategies for Linkages Between ICT and Sustainable Development goals?
Quelles stratégies appropriées pour les liens entre les TIC et les objectifs de developpement durable ?
This workshop will help to identify linkages between WSIS outcome documents and SDGs and develop a concrete action plan in terms of training and capacity building of African Communities (ICT and sustainable development, Internet governance, cyber security, e-waste management, etc.) development of the digital economy in general in line with the SDGs.
Cet atelier va aider à identifier les liens en les documents du SMSI adopté en décembre 2015 à New York et les Objectifs du Développement durable en termes de développement de capacités, de formation des communautés africaines et de développement de l’Economie Numérique en général en relation avec les ODD.
2) Name of Organization/s organizing the session : African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS)
3) Panelists :
Moderator: Dr. Cisse Kane, President ACSIS
Speakers / panellists
• Hon. Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attia, Minister of science and communications, Sudan
• Hon. Dr. Yaya Abdoul Kane, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Senegal
• Hon. Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa
• HE Dr. Francois Xavier Ngarambe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN
• M. Jovan Kubalja, Chairman Diplo Foundation
• M. Peter Major, Chairman of CSTD
• Mrs. Anriette Estherhuysen, Executive Director APC
• Mr. Karl Gahnberg, ISOC
• M. Mactar Seck UNECA, Adidis Ababa
4) Relevance with the WSIS Action Lines – please specify the Action lines C1 to C11
• C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
• C2. Information and communication infrastructure
• C3. Access to information and knowledge
• C4. Capacity building
• C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
• C6. Enabling environment
• C7. ICT Applications: E-government
• C7. ICT Applications: E-business
• C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
• C7. ICT Applications: E-health
• C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
• C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
• C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
• C7. ICT Applications: E-science
• C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
• C9. Media
• C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
• C11. International and regional cooperation

5) Main outcomes highlighting the following:

I. Debated Issues
• Please capture highlights of the main issues debated and interactions with audience
How to practice this relationship ICT and sustainable development objectives in general?
How to practice this relationship in Africa in particular?
What concrete steps should be taken to successfully implement ICT for SDG Africa in relation with the recommendations of the WSIS + 10?
• Please highlight key achievements and challenges shared by the audience and/ or panelists
Recommendations of steps that should be taken to successfully implement ICT for SDG Africa in relation with the recommendations of the WSIS + 10 :
– Presentation of national strategies from Senegal, Soudan and Rwanda
– Consider definitely ICT as the enabler for SDG’s
– Reinforce human capacities
– Reinforce institutional capacities
– Continue investments on infrastructures
– Develop national strategies
– Develop a common strategy and vision of the digital economy for Africa
– Integrate technical and societal aspects of the ICT and get away from silos
– Expand e-strategies through all action lines
– Eliminate barriers
– Enable a strong political will
– Get prepared for digital revolution
– Broaden market by taking into account local languages
– Be localized
II. Quotes
– “Get prepared for the marathon” Jovan kurbalija, Director of Diplo Foundation
If you feel that education is costly, try ignorance, if you feel that digital inclusion is costly, try broadening digital divide”, Peter Major, Chairman of CSTD
III. Main Outcomes of the Session highlighting
• main conclusions reached during the discussion
– Africa must have a strong political will and a common vision and strategy to face ICT challenges with regard to the implementation of the SDG
– Africa must invest a lot in training, individual and institutional capacity development
– Africa must invest in innovation
• The vision for implementation of WSIS Action lines beyond 2015.
– African must solve the issue of financing
– Africa must develop a strong leadership and vision to tackle ICT and WSIS implementation challenges
– African countries must initiate regular training session for civil servants on the linkage between ICT and SDG’s
– Multistakeholder cooperation must be a prerequisite
– Enhanced cooperation
IV. Main linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals
That was the theme of the session. It was noted that ICT is the global enable and driver for all SDG’s. Therefore we should take SDG one by one and see how ICT can help in reaching each of them.
V. Emerging Trends related to WSIS Action Lines identified during the meeting
Green ICT economy
Cyber security
ICT and SDG training sessions (human and institutional capacity development

VI. Suggestions for Thematic Aspects that might be included in the WSIS Forum 2017
Concrete linkages between action lines and sdgs
Digital inclusion and sdg’s
Financing implementation of WSIS outcomes

Report prepared by Dr. Cissé Kane, ACSIS 05 may 2016