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WSIS Parallel Event «Measuring the Information Society»
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15 November 09h00 - 18h00
Tunis, Tunisia


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This global event brought together ICT stakeholders at national, regional and international levels:

  • To present a set of core statistical indicators agreed by some of the key international agencies working in the field
  • To debate the importance of measuring the information society for ICT policy making and development
  • To illustrate the contribution of ICT measurement to the follow-up of WSIS

With the huge interest in the Information Society and the benefits it can bring, countries are looking at how they will measure progress towards their own Information Society. This global event brought together ICT stakeholders at national, regional and international levels:

  • To present a set of core statistical indicators agreed by key international agencies working in the field.
  • To debate the importance of measuring the information society for ICT policy making and development in areas such as education, government and health.
  • To illustrate the contribution of ICT measurement to the follow-up of WSIS.

 This global event brought together ICT stakeholders at national, regional and international levels. Panellist addressed the following issues:

  • In response to the WSIS Plan of Action, significant follow-up work has been undertaken to enable monitoring of progress toward an information society. What has been accomplished so far in improving measurement of the Information Society? 
  • A very important achievement is an internationally comparable set of indicators for the information society, which was agreed upon at the WSIS Thematic Meeting in Geneva (7-9 February 2005). What are the core ICT indicators for monitoring and evaluation and which new indicators could be added in the future?
  • How relevant is ICT measurement for effective policymaking and the MDGs? Participants will be provided with concrete examples illustrating some of the efforts underway to benchmark and monitor ICT use and its impact on development.
  • During the Geneva Phase of WSIS it was recognized that capacity building in developing countries would require a concerted effort at national, regional and international levels involving many stakeholders. What needs to be done to enhance capacity building activities? How would such programmes look?

Panelists and Chairs 

  • Ahmed Darwish, Minister of State for Administrative Development, Egypt
  • John Dryden, Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Industry, OECD
  • Clement Dzidonu, Head of Department of Computer Science, Valley View University, Ghana
  • Francis Dubois, Resident Representative, UNDP Tunisia
  • Geneviève Féraud, Head, ICT and E-business Branch, SITE, UNCTAD
  • Ridha Ferchiou, President, National Council of Statistics, Tunisia
  • Michel Glaude, Director, Social Statistics and Information Society, European Commission
  • Pierre Guislain, Manager, Policy Division, GICT Department, World Bank
  • Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communications and Information, UNESCO
  • Bruno Lanvin, Senior Advisor, E-Strategies, World Bank
  • José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Venâncio Massingue, Minister of Science and Technology, Mozambique
  • Aida Opoku Mensah, Team Leader, Promoting ICT for Development, UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UN
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • John Paolillo, Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University, United States
  • Rohan Samarajiva, Executive Director, LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration
  • Richard Simpson, Director General, Electronic Commerce Branch, Industry Canada
  • Pablo Tactuk, Director, National Statistical Office, Dominican Republic
  • Chadamas Thuvasethakul, Assistant Director, NECTEC, Thailand
  • Amadou Top, Vice-President, Digital Solidarity Fund
  • Hamadoun Touré, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU
  • Chanuka Wattegama, Program Specialist ICT4D, UNDP


Last updated: 4 September 2006 16:44