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EC-DC Activities

Infrastructure Development:

With WTC Geneva, WISeKey and many private sector companies, projects to build e-transaction infrastructures and several other services related to IP Networks (such as IP Telephony and other IP-related technology activities) in more than 100 countries the world over are being deployed. In addition to these 100+ countries, there are other projects in Bhutan, Brazil (for more than 60,000 businesses), Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Cuba, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, St. Catharine, St. Lucia, and Venezuela.

The Certification Authority infrastructure is fully operational. With this infrastructure in place and operational, certified users from both developing and industrialized countries will be able to communicate securely, conduct business transactions in a secure and trusted manner and run other e-services such as e-government, e-health and e-learning. We are now ready to commence the deployment of the Registration Authorities and start issuing digital certificates in full operational mode.

Gender Equality:

The ITU is providing technical and financial assistance (CHF 100,000.00) to a 3500-member Association of Women Entrepreneurs (ASAFE) representing several countries. With the financial support of the Government of Japan, this project empowers women entrepreneurs as active players in the digital economy. This Internet and e-commerce activity aims at establishing a sustainable e-commerce and Internet service for ASAFE.

Assistance to Least Developed Countries (LDCs):

More than 23 LDCs from all regions are benefiting from assistance provided by the ITU and industry partners in establishing e-transaction infrastructure and in addressing policy and strategy issues. The ITU has actively participated in various workshops and seminars with particular emphasis on assisting LDCs in setting up their e-commerce endeavours.

Human Resources Development (HRD):

Within the HRD framework, training workshops have been organized for The Americas region, notably in Chile, Venezuela and in Brazil, as well as for Africa, specifically in Cameroon, Nigeria, Mali, and Mauritius; for the Asia & Pacific region, particularly in Malaysia and Pakistan; for the Arab States region in Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates; and also for the Europe and CIS region in the Federation of Russia. A training workshop for more than 500 participants from 100+ developing countries, sponsored by industry partners, took place in Nov 2000 at the ITU, Geneva. More than 27 courses and seminars on ICT have been given in the center for training and development created in Venezuela as a result of the MoU with FUNDANDINA.

Policies and Strategies:

Activities to address e-transaction policies have taken place in Africa, Asia & Pacific, Arab States, Europe & CIS, and in the Americas region. In Jan 2001, a seminar was held in Cameroon to define a national policy for e-transactions and ICTs. The outcome of this seminar was a set of recommendations for concrete actions to be undertaken by the Government of Cameroon. With the support of the ITU, a national framework for e-commerce was established in Morocco. This led to the implementation of a national e-commerce infrastructure with the participation of several Ministries, businesses and industry.

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Partnership and Financing:

Agreements have been signed with FUNDANDINA in Venezuela, the WTC Geneva and WISeKey SA, also in Geneva. To date, industry partners have contributed more than USD 5 million in in-kind contributions to the ECDC project. The contribution is being provided free to developing and least developed ITU Member States. In May 2001, the ITU and WISeKey launched a secure Portal including a secure B2B e-marketplace based on PKI and announced a technology neutral approach for the deployment of this global PKI.

ITU is in the process of finalizing the new and broader framework for collaboration in building trust and secure infrastructure in developing countries through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to respond to the ever growing demand for participation from developing countries and to address the financial and human resources requirements considering our limited resources, we have been working on putting together a more inclusive organizational model to allow more actors to participate, extend the framework for collaboration and provide a more structured approach where developing countries will play a more active role in building the global information society and in bridging the digital divide. The WorldETrust MoU will be presented, after revision and approval by the ITU Legal Service, to ITU Member States, potential donor countries, funding organizations and industry partners.

ITU and its partnership will seek international contributions to fund the deployment of the infrastructure in disadvantaged areas of the world.

The ITU is in the process of signing a Pro-Bono letter with a Law firm that has offered to provide free assistance to developing countries to establish their legislative framework for e-transactions and discussions are going on with other United Nations organizations to establish partnership agreements to further expand this ITU initiative with the support of these organizations and in their areas of competence.

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Updated : 2001-09-17