Information Minister To Address Internet Governance Conference
By Bampia James Bundu: Strategic Communications Unit, Ministry of Information and Communications
The Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swarray, will on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 address delegates of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which will be held virtually due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
According to Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Manager at the Ministry of Information and Communications, Ing Fallah Ishmael Lamin, generally the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) brings people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, to discuss public policy issues relating to the Internet.
He added that the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making powers in both the public and private sectors.
At such a meeting, he furthered, delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.
As a result of such knowledge sharing, Mr Lamin explained, the IGF already has organized several platforms where other activities were discussed.
He cited some of the activities that have been held by the IGF including the Training of Trainers Workshop on Internet Governance, Track of Policy and Regulatory Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA), held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2019, and the 11th West African Internet Governance Forum in Banjul, The Gambia, in July 2019.
Mr. Lamin informed that during the aforementioned meetings they were able to make the following commitments:
Conduct training and awareness raising on Internet Governance Nationwide in 2020, resuscitate the Sierra Leone Internet Governance Forum (SLIGF) and conduct National IGF in 2020, and to host the next West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) in 2020.
He said that Sierra Leone should have hosted this year’s West African Internet Governance Forum Conference but due to the Corona pandemic, delegates will not be converging therefore the conference will be held virtually.
Ing. Lamin stressed that with the knowledge and commitments that will be gained at such an International forum it is vital for Sierra Leone to participate so that knowledge will be shared and best practices adopted in public policy issues relating to the internet and emerging technologies such as Big Data, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.