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Tunisia: launch of IGF-North Africa

The Internet Governance Forum IGF-North Africa, which aims to be a platform for multilateral dialogue on Internet governance in the region, was launched Monday in Hammamet.

Participants at the inaugural meeting of this event, which is held on the sidelines of the forum ICT4All (September 17-20, 2012), agreed to commission a team of experts from the North Africa region to entrust the General Secretariat of the forum to Tunisia.

Another team of experts will be responsible for selecting the members of the advisory committee of the multilateral forum. This committee will be composed of experts from North Africa representing the private sector, government and civil society and will be responsible for supporting the establishment of national forums on Internet governance.

Mongi Marzoug, Minister of Information and Communication Technologies said at the opening of the meeting that the launch of the forum is part of the implementation of the recommendations of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Tunis 2005) and those of the 2011 edition of the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi (Nigeria).

These recommendations focused on the issue of organizing national and regional forums on Internet governance in order to achieve an inclusive debate on issues related to the Internet.

He emphasized the importance of this forum, a space for dialogue that will contribute to the promotion of sustainable development, security and stability, in addition to the development of the Internet.

The new edition of the forum ICT 4 ALL will work to raise awareness of the Tunisian destination as exceptional platform of ICT to draw on skills who will participate in this event and to build relationships with specialists and international companies and bodies specialized, in addition to strengthening relations with African and Arab leaders, he said.

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