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COMPUTING SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIPS

THE 6th annual African Computing and Telecommunications Summit will take place from September 7-9 at the CyberCity technology development hub in Mauritius.

Its theme will be developing partnerships for Africa's hi-tech industry. Conference streams will include business process outsourcing, knowledge sharing, open source and how GSM (global system for mobile communication) applications can be used for economic development.

The GVF, a global association for satellite telecommunications companies, will stage a telecommunications operators forum for African carriers.

Those sessions will address satellite technology, network roll-out and the creation of sustainable applications.

www.aitecafrica.com

- Masters of Management in ICT Policy and Regulation Tuesday 27th July 2004: 17h30 ­ 19h30 (LINK Centre)

The Graduate School of Public & Development Management, in collaboration with the LINK Centre, has launched a new degree programme for people working in policy institutions and policy-making, regulatory associations and operators, for senior ICT managers and strategists in large and small companies, in user and consumer groups, in NGOs and others involved in or affected by ICT policy and regulation in South Africa and across the African continent.

It aims to run the first offering of the programme from August 2004 to August 2006. The period August 2004 to December 2005 will comprise the delivery of ten taught modules, while the period April 2005 ­ August 2006 will focus on building high quality research skills and research output.

The objectives of the programme are two-fold:

(1) to promote graduates with a sound foundation in the theoretical bases for various approaches to ICT policy and regulation and a good working knowledge of the ICT policy and regulatory field with a strong emphasis on telecommunications and ICT convergence;

(2) to promote graduates capable of producing high quality research as contributions to company or institutional level strategy and business design; as contributions to national ICT policy and inputs to international policy fora.

Venue:
Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management,
Executive Dining Room
Donald Gordon Building
No 2 St David's Place (c/r St Andrews Road)
Parktown

PROGRAMME

1 Welcome: Prof Patrick FitzGerald (Director: P&DM)
2 Introduction to degree: Charles Lewis and Alison Gillwald
3 Questions and Answers

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Tozi Zeka by Friday 23rd July 2004
Tel: 011 717 3931; Fax: 011 484 1755
e-mail: robertshaw.t@pdm.wits.ac.za

INTERNET CAFÉ OPERATORS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA CYBER CAFÉ LEARNING SERIES

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2004 @ BusyInternet

Topic: LINUX USAGE AND NETWORKING

- What is the other options to cut costs in Café operations?
- Learn everything about Linux Software usage
- What are the possible options and benefits in Linux for your Café?
- Know how you can join a fast-growing network with a great promise for the future.

Speaker: Sabra Asante

Don’t miss this eye-opening session!
Time: 6. 00pm prompt Admission is free

ICT POLICY ADVOCACY WORKSHOP IN JULY TO KICK-START POLICY ACTIONS IN AFRICA

APC will hold a five-day ICT (information and communication technology) policy advocacy workshop in Nairobi starting July 19. The workshop intends to galvanise the growing interest there is in ICT policy into a network of policy advocates working in their home countries. It will be the first of two regional ICT policy advocacy workshops, the second being held in Dakar, Senegal later this year. "Through the workshop, we hope to kick start concerted policy actions at the national level," says APC executive director, Anriette Esterhuysen. "There's a lot of interest and concern and a lot of expertise out there but not enough collaborative action. We want to do more than just build capacity."
http://africa.rights.apc.org/news-content.shtml?x=21956