Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
Implementing the WSIS Action Plan
A unique conference for policy-makers, ICT activists and action-oriented private sector organizations
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 25-26 March 2004

Following the hectic pace and overwhelming volume of activities at WSIS Geneva, it is important that organizations take time to reassess the vast amount of outputs and project themes. The CTO conference will act as a follow-up to WSIS, focusing on “Implementation and Best Practices”. Following a three-month gestation period, we should be able to make more sense of WSIS outputs, by focusing on specific key topics in the relative serenity of a comfortable resort on the outskirts of Nairobi. You will be able to deliberate, plan and share common areas of interest. This event is aimed at facilitating the journey to WSIS 2005 in a creative, constructive way.

The conference will have the following objectives:

• Understanding and reviewing leading thinking and strategies on best practices, which can be shared between key member groups. Review how other stakeholders are going to approach similar goals and strategic objectives.

• How to develop action plans which cascade through the supply chain.

• Reviewing the role of stakeholder alliances between government, not for profit organizations/NGOs and the private sector, reviewing key case studies materials throughout the world, including a focus on procurement and the supply chain.

• Uncover the challenges and opportunities of developing Private Finance Initiatives.

• Assess how joint cross-border initiatives like skills and capacity building can work. Is there a common roadmap to developing “e-citizen” communities.

• Share common challenges on modernizing Government agendas in relation to WSIS. Assess what external tools and resources exist which can support stakeholders in this endeavour.

• How to enhance private sector investor commitment.

The programme will include the following sessions:

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan: The Challenge for Policy-Makers
Ministers, deputy ministers and leading technocrats present latest policy and project proposals. How can effective co-ordination be achieved across all ministries involved in ICT implementation.

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan: The Challenge for Regulators
Regulators and private sector operators share knowledge on best practices to facilitate rapid roll-out of telecommunication services.

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan: The Challenge for Development Partners
How can multilateral and bilateral institutions best respond to the project and development opportunities currently multiplying in the market?

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan: The Challenge for the Private Sector
How can the private sector best respond to the lack of communications infrastructure development, retarding Africa’s participation in the world economic system. The African Internet Service Providers Association (AfrISPA) will lead this forum for private sector players to develop a strategy for the development of affordable and efficient Internet infrastructural development in Africa.

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan: The Role of Civil Society
NGOs, church organizations, media, academia all have a vital role to play in implementing the WSIS programme. How can diverse initiatives be effectives co-ordinated in order to achieve optimum results?

Financing the WSIS Action Plan
The Role of Private Financial Institutions and the Capital Markets; leveraging state funding to mobilise private sector investment

Implementing the WSIS Action Plan across the Region
Understanding the confluence of national and regional ICT projects and how they can best be co-ordinated

Speaking Opportunities
Presentation proposals are invited, covering the topics outlined above. Proposals should be sent to Sean Moroney, AITEC Africa (, including a brief outline and the presenter’s CV summary.

Sponsorship Opportunities
The CTO conference provides a unique opportunity to make a marketing impact on leading policy-makers, regulators and government and private sector decision-makers through the exclusive sponsorship opportunities available at the conference. For details contact your AITEC representative.

Kenya National ICT Convention

The conference will coincide with the Kenya ICT National Convention over 22-26 March which is intended to develop a detailed consensus between government, civil society and the private sector on the country’s national ICT policy. In addition, the Convention with showcase East African national and regional ICT projects in order to attract donor support or private sector investment, this conference is not limited to region or country.

The conference and the Convention will be opened with a combined plenary session on the morning of 22 March. Other combined activities will be a welcoming cocktail party on 22 March and a dinner on 23 March.


It’s a unique opportunity to see the likes of design pioneer Karim Rashid, brand consultant extraordinaire Mary Lewis and bleeding-edge magazine designer David Carson on the same stage. Running alongside the lectures and workshops is the Design Indaba Expo, a carefully curated ambassadorial gathering of South African fashion, film, digital media, architecture, décor, graphics, advertising, publishing and, for that which cannot be contained in square metreage, there’s a stage too.

This year, the International Design Indaba moves to Cape Town’s new architectural marvel, the International Convention Centre, and beyond, with interactive tours of the city’s design landmarks. And what a city it is! Urban bustle in harmony with breathtaking sand beaches; to the one side, a mountain beckons to be conquered while on the other an endless horizon stills the churning mind. There’s no place like Cape Town in the summer, and Cape Town in the summer is Design Indaba season.

Speakers Confirmed for the 7th International Design Indaba

Peter Saville (UK), Mary Lewis (UK), Shubhankar Ray ( UK), Tyler Brûlé (UK), David Carson (US), Rasshied Din (UK), Vince Frost (UK), Fernando Guiterrez (UK), Shigeo Fukuda (Japan), Kenya Hara (Japan), Karim Rashid (US), Bob Sabiston (US), Graham Warsop (SA), Ross Lovegrove (UK), Happy Ntshingila (SA), Prof John Heskett (UK), Ilse Crawford (UK), Petra Blaisse (NL), Alexander Gelman (US), Luyanda Mpahlwa (SA), Veejay Archary (SA), Richard Hart (SA), Peet Pienaar (SA), Jaco Janse Van Rensburg (SA), Kassie Naidoo (SA), Andrew Makin (SA), Janina Masojada (SA), Nkhensani Manganyi (SA), Thomas Roope (UK), Andries Odendaal (SA) and Gavin Rajah (SA).


Special Offers

• Full Indaba (3 days) Early Bird Registration (Registration and payment before 16 January 04): R2700

• Group Booking Discounts(Booking 5 or more Full Indabas): R2700 per delegate

• Design Indaba Alumni Offer (Attended 2 or More FULL INDABAS): R2700

• Academic Indaba (Full Time Academics): R2550

Other price categories

• Full Indaba (3 days)(Registration and payment after 16 January 04): = R3000

• One Day Indaba: R1250 (Attendance of any one day)

• Two Day Indaba: R2250 (Attendance of any two days)

The above rates excludes travel and accommodation.

For all your travel requirements to the Design Indaba and Expo 2004, please contact South African Airways City Centre on 0861 007 747.

Prices range from R1,990 per person sharing, which includes accommodation, car hire, flights from Johannesburg or Durban to Cape Town, as well as discount vouchers to the value of R5000 to be used at the Canal Walk shopping centre. Please note to mention you are calling for the Design Indaba and Expo travel deal. Terms and conditions apply.