Opening the Internet Governance Debate in East Africa: “Thinking Globally; Acting Locally”

The Kenya ICT Board (KICTB) in conjunction with the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), the East African ICT for Development Network (EA ICT4D) and other participating organisations are pleased to announce the Kenya Internet Governance Forum (Kenya IGF) to be held on the 14th of October, 2008 at the Jacaranda hotel in Westlands. The Kenya IGF will offer a central forum through which Internet stakeholders in Kenya can contribute to the global Internet Governance Forum.

The Kenya IGF is a follow up to the KICTANet mailing list discussions on Internet Governance, which were held in August 2008, and aimed at beginning to identify and explore national level Internet Governance issues.

The national forum aims at:

• creating awareness on IGF issues,

• instituting a consensus building process to develop a common understanding of Kenyan Internet Governance issues and

• Building policy and technical capacity in order to enable meaningful participation in global Internet policy, governance and development.

The outcome of the Kenya IGF will be collated with that from the other national IGF’s which will take place in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, to form the agenda for the East African IGF scheduled for 10th-12th November 2008, Nairobi Kenya.

Below is a summary of the programme:


08:45 – 09:00   Registration

09:00 – 09:10   Opening Remarks  – Paul Kukubo, CEO, KICTB

09:10 – 09:30   What is internet governance and why should we care? -  Brian Longwe/KENIC

09:30 – 10:00   Kenyan stakeholders IG issues: KICTANet  Online Discussion Report; validating issues discussed  – John Walubengo/Mwende Njiraini

10:00 – 10:10   Government & the IGF  – Charles J. K. Njoroge, Director General, CCK

10:10 – 10:30   Official Launch of Kenya IGF  – Dr. Bitange Ndemo, PS, Ministry of Information & Communications

10:30 – 11:00   Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30   So what are Kenya’s Priority IG issues?  Issue Prioritization & Consensus   – KICTANet/KENIC

11:30 – 12:00   What Policy and Technical capacity do we need to engage? Identifying Issues for Capacity Building  – John Walubengo/Mwende Njiraini

12:00 – 12:30   Closing Remarks/Vote of Thanks  – EAICT4D Harry Hare

12:30   Lunch


Kindly confirm your participation by sending an email to evelyne@kictanet.or.ke

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