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- The National Institute of Statistics for Rwanda (NISR) is set to develop an organized central system of data storage for all the country surveys between 1996 and the subsequent years, to assist researchers, planners, private entities and government ministries plan effectively using evidence-based information. This was disclosed by the Director General of NISR, Dr. Louis Munyakazi, while addressing representatives from the ministries during a brain-storming seminar on the activities and future prospects of the newly formed NISR.

- The Nigerian National Assembly conducted a public hearing on the proposed Information Technology Bill currently before the National Assembly. The Bill which was submitted by the Executive is to give legal power to the National IT Policy. Contained in it also are several laws dealing with various aspects of ICTs including cyber crime, e_commerce regulation and the establishment of the National Information Development Agency (NITDA). The National IT Policy was approved by the President in March 2001 but its implementation has been hampered by lack of legislative backing. Various stakeholders including state governments, private sector players and civil society groups turned for the hearing and made submissions to the National Assembly.

- The Mozambican government and the computer giant Microsoft on Thursday adopted a plan of action under which Mozambique will benefit from funding and computer products from Microsoft in order to implement the government's computerisation programme. Implementation of the Plan of Action for the 2006-07 period, covering the areas of education, electronic government, and the computer industry, will cost about 500,000 US dollars.

- The Netherlands government recently provided 4m Euros (about sh8b) to four public universities for training women in Information and communication Technology (ICT), the Netherlands ambassador has said. "Our objective is to promote gender balance, women empowerment and to contribute to the Government's plan to increase the number of women participating in science," said Ambassador Brandt Yoka.