Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kenya to host the 6th IGF Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi in September 2011

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Finally an official statement has been made by the Information and Communications PS, Dr Bitange Ndemo for the Government of Kenya as reported here that Kenya will host the Sixth Internet Governance Forum in September at the United Nations offices in Gigiri, Nairobi. This is the first meeting of the IGF after the recent renewal of the five year mandate by the United Nations General Assembly.

Kenya will be the first African state to host the official meeting of the international Internet Governance Forum which is now the 6th its series after the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005.

Dr Bitange Ndemo shares that hosting the 6th IGF will raise the stature of Kenya within the technology world as the forum will share insights into the potential of the Internet and its governance. The IGF is a a follow-up of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in Tunis in 2005.

“We proudly look forward to hosting yet another significant Internet governance process in Kenya,” says Alice Munyua, chair of the Kenya organising committee.

Kenya hosted the hosted the 37th ICANN Public Meeting last year in March 2010 where I also had the opportunity to participate and experience all that Kenya had to offer. So far five IGF meetings were held in Athens Greece, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Hyderabad India, Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt and in Vilnius Lithuania.

The IGF will provide Kenya the opportunity to display it growth in the ICT sectors and share its innovations including the well know crisis monitoring tools like Ushahidi and M-pesa mobile money transfer service. Kenya has also invested in deploying fibre optic cables a proposed technology city.

I would like to thank Tracy Hackshaw for sharing this information from the Daily Nation Kenya. See you all in Nairobi at the 6th Internet Governance Forum 2011 during the third quarter of this year!

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