The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2011 forum was held 16 – 20 May 2011 in ILO building in Geneva. It is an annual forum organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD, and UNDP. More than 1150 delegates from 150 countries including 20 ministers, 80 parliament members, more than 30 UN agencies and high level delegations are involved in the forum. All stakeholders are working in turning targets into action and working to bridge the digital divide to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the 11 action lines of WSIS implementation (Geneva 2003) by 2015. High level of partnership between the government, private sector and civil society is achieved.
ICT is very essential in the socio-economic development through e-agriculture, e-health, e-inclusion , e-education so more than 100 sessions were held discussing these topics. The opening ceremony started with welcoming remarks from the organizers. Dr. Hamdoun Toure the secretary general of ITU among the speakers and Dr. Tim Unwin from royal Holloway, university of London was the master of the ceremony. Following a high level session about working together
Three delegates from Sudan presented a workshop about Sudan and Sudan Telecentre role in WSIS implementation on Tuesday 17 May, 11:30-13:00, Room IX. There were three potential panelists moderated by Mohamed al-Mortada the minster in the mission of Sudan. Eng. Mubarak Mohamed Ahmed (government) the director general of Sudan national information centre. He spoke about the role of Ministry of communication and Information Technology (MCIT) In the ICT e-infrastructure in Sudan,, he talked about the Policy and Legislations, he briefed the audience with the universal fund and its financial resources and how they spend this money.
The 2nd speaker was Dr. Abdelmageed Mohamed chair of digital city of Darfur (DDCO – NGO founded in January 2011) He spoke about ICT penetration highlights and the importance of PPP in connecting rural area and the expected potential of DDCO in Darfur. As an expert of ICT he talked about the telecommunication companies, the optics fiber and internet penetration in Sudan.
The third speaker was Eng. Ahmed Mahmoud M. Eisa Chair of Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO) the winner of information for development award i4d in India for three successive years 2007, 2008, 2009. GDCO is founded in partnership with the digital city of Eindhoven DSE and more than 750 computers were donated. It is the founder of the first Telecentre academy in Africa and Middle East and the thirteen in world (Sudan National Telecentre Academy – SuNTA). He talked about the role of telecentre.org network in the implementation of WSIS action lines and the 8MDGs. He spoke about the innovative global Telecentre Academy GTA and its role in training, capacity building and skill development for Telecentre mangers, operator . the campaign of training one million women and one million Telecentre mangers, operators and community leaders. He brief the audience about the PPP projects in GDCO specially the e-agriculture, e-education and Gedaref university support, out of schoolchildren e-learning project, telemedicine and include the excluded projects. He present a short film about GDCO project and how they are in the right tracks on the WSIS action line and achieve part of the 8MDGs .
Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO) has an exhibition for 2nd time in the WSIS with two stands about GDCO projects and two posters (one is about Telecentre.org network and the other is about Sudan government e-infrastructure. Also many brochures were distributed and many new partnership were developed.