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Information Society and Development

The G7 Ministerial Conference on the Information Society, hosted by the European Commission in February 1995, emphasized the need for all countries, including developing countries, to be integrated into the global Information Society. In response to this observation, and at th...

13 May 1996 - 13 May 1996
South Africa

The G7 Ministerial Conference on the Information Society, hosted by the European Commission in February 1995, emphasized the need for all countries, including developing countries, to be integrated into the global Information Society. In response to this observation, and at the proposal of the European Commission, an "Information Society and Development" conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 13-15 May 1996.

The conference, convened by President Nelson Mandela, aims to demonstrate the potential of information technologies and services to foster the economic and social development of developing countries. It will also examine ways of involving these countries in the process of technological development through concrete actions.

The conference as such will be convened at Ministerial level. The active participation of other major actors concerned, notably the private sector, is, however, also expected. To complement the Ministerial session, workhops have been planned in which governement representatives, the private sector and relevant international organizations and NGOs can jointly address the needs and challenges of the developing world.

In addition, an accompanying exhibition will aim to illustrate, in practical terms, how the developing world can actively participate in the rapidly expanding Information Society. Private companies, research centres and international organizations are invited to participate.
For further information, please contact:

International Fairs and Exhibitions
Mr. Wolfgang Striebeck
South Africa
Tel. +27-11-4622691; Fax +27-11-4622669

or

Information Society and Development Coordination Office (ISAD)
Gallagher Estate Conference and Exhibition Centre
PO Box 3915
Midrand
1685 Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel. +27-11-8832773/7844795;
Fax +27-11-8835196/7844796
E-mail: g_estate@is.co.za

Additional information may also be found on the World Wide Web at:

http://www.ispo.cec.be/isad/isad.html

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