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Capacity Building Workshop on Electronic/Mobile Government in Africa
Start Date: Feb 17, 2009
End Date: Feb 19, 2009
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Description: Capacity Building Workshop on Electronic/Mobile Government in Africa: Progress Made & Challenges Ahead

The goal of the Workshop is to explore regional knowledge into the issues and challenges of e/m-government development in Africa, further explore the concept of the development of the UN Global Knowledge Repository, develop partnerships for capacity building in the region and identify capacity building needs for e/m-government in the region.

Invited participants from regional institutions and countries will present papers, make presentations on the themes outlined above, as well as participate in discussions at the Workshop which has the following objectives:
  • To explore the challenges and barriers to e/m-government development, review current research, including concepts and  approaches of e/m-government in Africa;
  • To map innovative practices of e/m-government development citing best practices and lessons learnt;
  • To facilitate an active dialogue between the UN, the various regional stakeholders, and Member States towards a framework of assessment on e/m-government development in Africa;
  • To provide training on knowledge management on the development of the UN Global Knowledge Repository for Africa utilizing the UNPAN tools;
  • To forge partnerships for the future work on the UN Global Knowledge Repository  in Africa; and
  • To promote regional cooperation and the regional perspective in e/m-government development, through discussions and presentations regarding the fundamentals of an enabling environment. 

Thematic areas for the presentations include the following:

  • Session I: e/m-Government: An Overview
  • Session II: e/m-Government issues and challenges in Africa
  • Session III: Capacity Building for e/m-government
  • Session IV: Country Presentations on e/m-government practices and lessons learned
  • Session V: Capacity Building for e/m-Government: The UN Global Knowledge Repository through the UNPAN tools
Sub-themes for Sessions III and IV include:
  • 1. National e/m-Government Strategies
  • 2. Legal and Regulatory Framework
  • 3. ICT Infrastructure and Interoperability 
  • 4. Institutional Structure and other Enabling Environment for e/m-Development

1. Aide Memoire
2. Draft Agenda
3. List of Participants
4. Opening Remarks by Ms. Haiyan Qian, Director, DPADM
5. M-Government in Africa: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead
6. E-Government in Africa: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead
7. Focal Points on M-Government in Africa
8. Focal Points on E-Government in Africa
9. Report of the Workshop






Ms. Haiyan Qian
Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Tel: +1-212-963-3393
Fax: +1-212-963-0522
E-mail: qianh at un.org

Mr. Richard Kerby
Regional Adviser on e-Government
Tel: 1-917-367-4332
Fax: +1-212-963-0522
E-mail: kerby at un.org

Mr. Deniz Susar
Governance and Public Administration Officer
Tel: 1-212-963-38421
Fax: +1-212-963-0522
E-mail: susar at un.org

Ms. Dolores Tanpico
Administrative Assistant
KMB / DPADM, United Nations
Email: tanpico at un.org


Aida Opoku-Mensah
ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD)
UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-11-551-1167
Fax: +251-11551-0512
E-mail: aopoku-mensah at uneca.org

Sizo D. Mhlanga, PhD
Chief, ICT Policy and Development Section
ICT, Science and Technology Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Box 3005 ,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 5443636 / +251 11 5511408 ext 33636
Fax: +251 11 5510512 
E-mail: mhlangas at uneca.org

Ms.  Elizabeth Getachew
Administrative Assistant
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. + 251 11 544 5320   /  Fax + 251 111 551 4416
Email:  egetachew at uneca.org

Website: http://www.uneca.org/eca_programmes/it_for_development/events/2009/unpan/
Created By: DPADM / UNDESA
Organizers: UNDESA, UNECA
Participation Requirements: By Invitation

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