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The British Council in association with a number of Ethiopian and international partners organised a conference : "Ethiopia in the Knowledge" which was held at the UNECA, Addis Ababa, 18-20 June 2001.

The main purpose of the Ethiopia in the Knowledge Age Conference was to provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders within Ethiopia to discuss the role which ICTs can play in promoting national social and economic development, and to explore ways of enhancing the country's capacity to maximize the contribution made by these technologies.

Over 400 delegates discussed the vision and goals for Information and Communication Technology development in Ethiopia in the 21st century.

The Conference comprised:

  • plenary sessions, in which Ethiopian and international speakers addressed key issues in ICTs;
  • focus groups, in which presentations by Ethiopia and international speakers were complemented by focused discussion on the following themes:
  • policy and regulation
  • infrastructure and access
  • applications and services
  • human resource development; and
  • group tasks, in which delegates discussed challenges and opportunities in the ICT sector in Ethiopia, and drew up recommendations for the future development of ICTs for consideration by the government and other stakeholders.
  • The agenda for the Conference and copies of all presentations by Ethiopian and international speakers can be found at the Conference website:

    For more details, please contact:

    Abebe Chekol: Head, Information Services
    Adwa Avenue, Artistic Building
    PO Box 1043
    Addis Ababa
    Telephone 251-1-55 00 22
    Fax 251-1-55 25 44

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