^ A. Official Documents: |
^ B. Administrative Documents :
Draft Agenda of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society
Draft Amendment of Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedures of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/2)
Proposed Format of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society
Report on the Preparatory Process of the second phase of the Summit
Report on the WSIS Stocktaking (WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/5)
Draft “Tunis Agenda for the Information Society” (WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/6(Rev.1)
Draft “Tunis Commitment” (WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/7)
Report of the Credentials Committee to the World Summit on the Information Society
Draft Report of the Tunis phase of WSIS (WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/9)
Information for Participants (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/1)
Annotated Agenda of the Tunis phase (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/2)
Draft Agenda of the Organizational Meeting of the Tunis phase (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/3)
Guidelines for the distribution of publications, documents, and any other printed materials on the premises of the Summit (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/4)
Guidelines regarding the conduct of Parallel Events (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/5)
Draft Agenda of the Eighth and last Plenary Meeting (WSIS-05/TUNIS/ADM/6)
WSIS Round Table I
“^ From Commitment to Action: Implementation after Tunis”
The WSIS Round Table I on the theme “From Commitment to Action: Implementation after Tunis” took place on 17 November 2005 in Tunis. The meeting was organized in the form of an open dialogue enriched by national experiences and practical suggestions. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Guy Olivier Segond, President of the Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF). Distinguished Round Table guests included 9 Heads of State or Government and Ministers, 4 representatives of the International Organisations, 3 representatives of the business sector and 2 representatives of the civil society.
The main focus of the discussion centered on policies and strategies fostering development of the information society. As the Tunis phase of the Summit focuses on implementation, many contributions demonstrated stakeholders’ plans for future activities.
The participants stated that in order to bridge digital divide diverse strategies have to be elaborated on the national, regional as well as international level. The strategies will depend on the characteristics of each country and region, including the cultural ones. Many countries demonstrate significant progress in creating comprehensive e-strategies and e-policies. However, it is necessary to stress that because of the high innovation dynamics in the ICT sector, these strategies and policies require continuous adjustments. The participants agreed that three domains, namely partnerships, multi-stakeholder approach and enhanced international cooperation are the key elements for the success and should be further promoted.
The participants widely recognized that massive investment in infrastructure was required in order to achieve access for all. It was pointed out, however, that financial resources respond to market forces and do not necessarily reach poor communities in under-served areas. Innovative funding mechanisms are needed in this respect.
Infrastructure related issues were not the only focus. The participants stressed that content requires more attention of all stakeholders. In particular, the possible ways to foster development of local content in national languages become challenging. It was underlined that the exclusion of indigenous language may be seen as one of the important obstacles for further development of the information society.
The participants expressed the view that in order to build a self-sustainable information society, the stakeholders have to pay more attention to development of the human capacity. Taking into consideration the increasing role of new services like e-health, e-government, e-learning and others, the stakeholders have to guarantee that information society remains inclusive for all. It should prevent creation of new divides.
Several interventions noted that the stakeholders should pay more attention to the youth. The young generation represents the potential to innovate and for the continuation of sustainable development they should be granted access and participation in the information society by any means. The medium and long-term youth oriented e-strategies may lead to structural change of each economy. Also gender issues should be discussed more often, and particular measures leading to increased gender balanced participation should be encouraged.
The participants underlined that high innovation dynamics in the ICT sector demands continuous revision of national strategies focusing on the development of the information society. In particular, for the developing countries the rapid technological progress offers new opportunities for enhanced connectivity as well as broader functionality of acquired ICTs. Nevertheless, the countries should
be conscious of their goals to be achieved in the medium and long term and consequently follow the advancements.
Many representatives from the developing countries discussed diverse strategies to foster enhanced connectivity. Some of them expressed the view that focusing on communities at first may give tangible effects in a very short time period even without involvement of significant financial means. They found it effective to foster creation of the multimedia centers or knowledge centers that in the middle and long run develop human capacity enough to be able to start benefiting from the advantages that ICTs can offer.
The predominant role of the private sector in the development of the information society was underlined. It remains as one of the biggest challenges for each stakeholder to find appropriate business models to generate return on investments even in the developing world. Additionally, in circumstances where affordability is one of the key problems for the dissemination of ICTs, innovative financing mechanisms play an important role.
It was stressed that the monitoring of the information society is crucial for further progress. Through measuring ICTs, it is intended to develop means that would enable optimization of policy making at the national and international level. There is still a lot to be done in this field. Some countries face problems with extracting reliable and comparable statistics. The assistance of diverse stakeholders including international organizations is very valuable.
Moderator: Mr. Guy Olivier SEGOND, President, Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF)
Secretary: Mr. Abdelkrim BOUSSAID, International Telecommunication Union
^ Heads of State or Government and Ministers (in alphabetical order)
H.E. Mr. Laurens-Jan BRINKHORST, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs, Netherlands
H.E. Mrs. Luísa DIAS DIOGO, Prime Minister, Mozambique
H.E. Mr. José Mariano GAGO, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
H.E. Dr. Tarek KAMEL, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt
H.E. Dato’ Seri Dr. Lim KENG YAIK, Minister of Energy, Water and Communications,
H.E. Dr. Abdul Moyeen KHAN, Minister for Sciences and ICT, Bangladesh
H.E. Alhaji Aliu MAHAMA, Vice-President, Republic of Ghana
H.E. Mr. Zsolt NAGY, Minister of Communication and Information Technology
H.E. Sr. Gaspar TARTE, Presidential Secretariat for Government Innovation, Republic of Panamá
^ International Organizations (in alphabetical order)
Mr. Paolo GARONNA, Officer-in-Charge, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Dr. Kim HAK-SU, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Asia & Pacific (ESCAP)
Dr. Supachai PANITCHPAKDI, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Ms. Katherine SIERRA, Vice-President, The World Bank
^ Business Community (in alphabetical order)
Mr. Kiran KARNIK, President, NASSCOM
Mr. Ahmed MAHJOUB, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Tunisia
Mr. Paul TWOMEY, Chief Executive Officer, ICANN
Civil Society (in alphabetical order)
Mr. Gbenga SESAN, Programme Manager of the Lagos Digital Village, Junior Achievement of Nigeria
Mr. Parminder Jeet SINGH, Executive Director, IT for Change
WSIS Round Table II: