GIIC and UNECA to hold high-level symposium in Ethiopia on private and public sector partnership in building the African information society
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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The Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are hosting a high-level symposium to strengthen private and public sector partnership in the implementation of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI). The GIIC provides a framework for bridging the gaps between the public and private sectors, between developing and developed countries, and between diverse industry sectors from around the world. The GIIC Statement proposes a set of principles that might guide the implementation of the AISI as plans for National Information and Communications Infrastructure (NICI) within each African country. Thus, the AISI should: Be African led, but within a global context; Take into consideration the substantial work on NICI in Africa that has preceded it, and related work worldwide on developing the Information Society; Encourage developing countries to cooperate with each other, as well as with the developed world; Promote African and global private sector leadership in the introduction of NICI in Africa, together with active participation from the public sector, civil society and international organizations; Be driven by applications and services and not by technology.