AfDB Participates in the ICT4ALL Forum

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As a celebration marking the third anniversary of the second phase of the World Information Society Summit held in, Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005, the Tunisian government, in collaboration with UNCTAD, International Telecommunication Union, G@ID, ECA and in partnership with the AfDB, the World Bank, the Arab Society for Intellectual Property and UTICA, organized the third edition of "ICT4All Forum-Tunis+3" in Hammamet (Tunisia) during from November 27-28, 2008, to deal with the development of ICT activities through: "Broadband, industry of content for development." The forum was hailed as an important international event, consisting of an International forum and a technological exhibition, aimed at contributing to the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society through the promotion of a more dynamic business environment for the ICT sector in the Mediterranean and, particularly, in Africa.

Participants included a large number of ministers and high level personalities representing over 30 countries in a ministerial panel, high level authorities of international and regional institutions as well as organizations such as universities, consulting firms, commercial banks, development banks, a considerable number of leaders and officials of telecommunication companies, Internet services providers from Africa, Europe and Asia. More than 500 chief executive officers and private sector representatives from across the globe, including Cisco, Microsoft, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, Siemens, Huawei Technologies, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Nortel, ZTE, Idate and Arthur D. Little were in attendance. The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group was represented Youssouf Ouedraogo, Special Advisor to the President and a team of ICT professionals led by, ICT4D Director, Ibrahima Ndiaye, who served as a discussant on the panel on: Regional Projects for ICT Development which examined financing initiatives by the Bank Group and the World Bank on ICT projects and programmes for ICT developments in Africa.