News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 120 on 26 July 2002

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ACT 2002 AND 1ST EAST AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM - ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

26 July 2002

In this week’s special issue, we report from the joint ACT 2002 Summit and the first East African Internet Forum in Nairobi. Moderator for the opening session Henry Chasia of Inmarsat spoke of the gap between talk about the digital divide and action and challenged delegates to come up with concrete proposals. African ICT gatherings tend to be in the habit of making grand pronouncements that are are a little short of the "who, where, when, what and how" detail. Unusually for events of this kind, delegates took Henry Chasia at his word and proceeded to "get down to business".…