WSIS Consultation Meetings

Dear All, I am pleased to inform you that at the request of our two Groups raised at the Consultation Meetings on Action Lines C1 and C7eGov held in Geneva on 16 May 2006, the WSIS Stocktaking Team at ITU is going to extend the function ability of the Stocktaking database, adding for each action line required sub-definitions. In order to reach consensus among all stakeholders in the Groups on the sub-definitions, we would like to invite you to review the themes for forming sub-groups within Action Line C1 and C7eGov as they were expressed by the stakeholders who attended the Consultation Meetings in Geneva.

Themes that emerged in relation to AL C1:

a) National e-strategies formulation and implementation

b) The role of Parliaments in the promotion of ICTs for development; ICTs for inter-parliamentary cooperation

c) e-democracy readiness self-assessment

d) Public/Private Partnership (PPP) and Multi-Sector Partnership (MSP)

e) Foreign Direct Investments and investment promotion in the ICT Sector

f) e-government at the national and local level

g) e-security;

h) e-learning;

i) e-libraries;

j) e-health;

k) Legal and regulatory framework for ICT development; Intellectual property rights

l) Public sector administration and reform

m) Economic reform

n) Telecom privatization, de-regulation, liberalization; infrastructure development

o) Digital divide

Themes that emerged with regards to AL C7eGov:

a) e-government and e-governance; Public sector reform; Good governance in the information society; Connected government framework;

b) ICT in public administration; e-Government services; e-government strategies;

c) Public/Private Partnership (PPP) and Multi-Sector Partnership (MSP); Models and examples of e-government financing using PPPs; The cost of ICT; Mechanisms of cooperation in PPPs;

d) Enabling environment for ICT; Legislation for outsourcing; Procurement rules; Regulatory framework for ICT development; Intellectual property rights;

e) Local e-Government; local e-Government strategies; e-Local governance in Africa; African Diaspora for the Information Society;

f) Public electronic governance as entry point for e-strategies; e-Government road map (how to implement different steps).

g) e-Government training and education; Internet training centers; management of change; International Government Partnership Exchange Programs: hands-on learning; e-learning.

h) Exchange of information on good practices and examples of e-government applications;

i) Knowledge management in public administration.

j) Measuring ICT and e-government, indicators; collection of data for e-government and ICT indicators; Partnership on measuring ICT for development (global multi-stakeholder initiative); e-government readiness assessment

k) ICT Applications: e-procurement; global e-tendering solutions for governments; Aid harmonization solutions for governments; Public debt management systems; Customs integration systems; Foreign direct investments gateways;

l) Mapping ICT applications that are used to optimize government by making it more accessible, effective and accountable;

m) Inter-operability; interoperability as integrator of level of coordination; Technical knowledge on interoperability

n) Standardization; Standards and protocols;

o) ICT for efficiency and effectiveness of Parliaments;

p) Access for ICT opportunity; Information literacy;

q) e-participation at the local level; Freedom of information; Rule of law; Human rights; e-democracy;

r) e-Government policy coordination; International and regional cooperation on e-government

As we need to advise the WSIS Stocktaking Team at ITU about the establishment of subgroups/sub-definitions in a timely manner, we would highly appreciate receiving your proposals of the sub-definitions to be included in the WSIS stocktaking database no later than 10 July 2006. If you do not reply by then, we would assume that you will have no objection to the final proposal to be submitted.

For your easy reference, I would like to remind you the online link in which the reports of the above meetings, together with the lists of participants and other relevant documentation can be found here.

Should you like to share your observations or comments with all interested stakeholders, you can also use the WSIS-C1 and C7eGov Online Discussion Board accessible.

Look forward to hearing from you, I remain, With best regards, Haiyan Qian, Chief, Knowledge Management Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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