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DDCO at Sudan country workshop at ITU

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Sudan and Sudan Telecentre role in WSIS implementation workshop

The  workshop was held in Tuesday 17 May, 11:30-13:00, Room IX.  There were three   potential panelists
(1) Eng. Mubarak Mohamed ahmed, (NTC 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 infrastructure in Sudan,,  he talked about  the Policy and Legislations, he briefed the audience with the information supporting fund and its financial resources and how they spend this money, Sudan choose privatization of the ICT sector and the PPP model of governing the sector. There are  3 mobile companies and fixed lines  companies with more than 20,000 Km fiber optic and 18 million of active subscribers by 2010. There are many ICT projects implemented in Sudan  including  National Data Center Project, Sudan e-government portal project (Sudan Gate) ,  E-Health project , Digital Certificate project.(Draft e-authentication) , Universal Number Project , Higher Education Project. , Sudanese Computer driving license certificate project. The Free/Open Source Software Project, Capacity building project. (Training Center of Information Technology and Communications), PC for every family project. Computer lab for every Secondary School project., E-community service (Tele-centers) project. States Information system Project and GIS and he finished with the challenges facing these project to be replicated and sustainable to bridge the digital gap.

(2) 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. There are  3 mobile companies and two fixed lines  companies, 2500  Towns and  village are covered by telecom services , all Banks connected through national data network , 50% of the cities are covered by fiber optic network (20,000 kilometer). He talked about the role of NGOs in the PPP and the Next Generation RURAL ICT PLATFORM.

(3) the last 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. It 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 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 .

15th Regional EuroAfrica-ICT FP7 Awareness Workshop

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The workshop, organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT FP7 project (primary Sigma Orionis, Makerere University, TWAS and AUF) under the aegis of the European Commission (DG INFSO, International Relations Unit) and with the support of the Khartoum University.