[Telecentres] Important: WGIG nominations must be submittedbymidnight GMT

Taran Rampersad cnd at knowprose.com
Tue Sep 28 21:28:33 BST 2004

Fuatai Purcell wrote:

>Andy, I think we shoul not select anyone who we have not heard from because
>we don't know if they will accept it or not.
>I recommend Stuart Mathison, programme manager of FDC who is organising the
>telecenter workshop for the Pacific to the WGIG. We do not have telecentres
>in the Pacific yet, other than the PFNet in the Solomon Islands. It is very
>important that we include someone to represent the small island developing
>states. After all, telecentres will be one strong ICT initiative that can
>help bridge the digital divide in our countries that are made up of hundreds
>of smaller islands. I have no objection to the nominated people so far. But
>it sounds to me that while they are experienced in telecentres etc. they are
>all from the "highly populated" developing countries. The digital divide
>cannot be bridged if small island developing states continue to sit on the
>sidelines. There telecentre issues that are unique to small island
>developing states. Thanks
Trinidad and Tobago has similar problems. If you get selected, I will
rest easier. I was kicking around the idea of the 'Small Island Caucus',
but... there seem to be enough. The Caribbean tends to get knocked into
'Latin America' more than anything, and we really don't have a presence
in that caucus.

Let's hope.

Taran Rampersad

cnd at knowprose.com


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