AU urges Africans to attend information summit

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union summit that closed Tuesday in the central Libyan town of Sirte has urged Africans to fully support and participate in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) set for 16-18 November in Tunisia.
In adopting a decision on the WSIS, submitted to the summit by the AU Executive Council (foreign ministers), the African leaders also encouraged the AU Commission to consider organising a conference on information and communication technology ministers.
The meeting would be aimed at adopting an African action plan so that recommendations from the meeting would be translated into results reflecting the aspirations of the people.
The summit urged the member states, governments, regional and international bodies to support and contribute financially to the Digital Solidarity Fund.
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali said on Monday in Sirte that his country was relying on massive and high level African participation at the world meeting to be hosted for the first time in Africa.
"We would like to have a big African participation and at the highest levels of government, civil society and private sector at the Tunis summit to confirm our commitment for common action toward building a digital and solidarity-based partnership between all countries in the world," Ben Ali told the opening of the AU summit here.
"Our wish is that the summit, which was proposed in 1998, turns out to be a favourable climate for reducing the ever-widening digital divide in accessing knowledge and mastery of information and communication technology so as to guarantee -- for our African peoples -- the tapping of technology and its judicious use in development," he said.

05 july 2005 19:17:00

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