There will be 07 plenary sessions. Under the main theme “ICT for sustainable development”, those sessions will include reports of keynote speakers from local and international organizations such as UNDP, UNESCO, professional organizations like ITU, and reports on current situations and experiences of countries from continents and areas worldwide.
PLENARY 1 - ICT for Sustainable Development
Time: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 09.00 - 10.30
Chair: H.E. dr. Le Doan Hop, Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
09.00 - 9.30
Welcome performance / Welcome messages and Guest introduction
09.30 - 9.45
H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dzung - Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam - Honorary Conference Chair of WITFOR 2009. Opening speech
09.45 - 10.00
H.E. Dr. Le Doan Hop, Minister of MIC, Viet Nam. Welcome remark
10.00 - 10.15
Prof.Dr. Basie von Solms, President of IFIP, South Africa.
10.15 - 10.30
Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, Switzerland. Keynote speech
PLENARY 2: Gender issues
Time: Wednesday 26 August 2009, 11.00 – 12.30
Chair: Ms. Pham Hoai Giang, Head of International relationship Department / member of sidium, Vietnam Woman Union
Introduction: Millennium Development Goal number 3 is to promote gender equality and empower women. The theme will be introduced by three keynote speakers. Also sessions of the commissions will address the topic. The session will deal with questions such as what difficulties do women face when they want to be involved in ICT developments in their country, how to include in (national) policies the big potential of knowledge and workforce, options to cope with cultural differences, what can women’s unions do to enlarge opportunities, what initiatives are taken by different organizations to stimulate a bigger participation of women in ICT, etc.
11.00 - 11.05
Ms. Pham Hoai Giang, Head of International relationship Department / member of sidium, Vietnam Woman Union.
11.05 - 11.25
Speech on behalf of Mrs Leila BEN ALI, first lady of Tunisia and current president of the Arab Women Organisation , delivered by mrs Lamia Chafai Essghaier, secretary of state in charge of information technology, internet and open source software, Ministry of Communication Technology, Tunisia
Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO, France
11.50 - 12.05
Topic: VWU's Effort to promote women in ICT'.
Ms. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, President of Vietnam Woman Union
12.05 - 12.25
Topic: Engendering Change – Gender transformative strategies for the information society
Ms. Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC Women´s Networking Support Programme Coordinator, Philippines
12.25 - 12.40
Topic: Vietnamese case: Gender equality in access to IT jobs and Internet
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuan, Vice Rector of University of Labour and Social Affairs, Hanoi, Vietnam.
12.40 - 13.30
Topic : The International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) http://www.ipthree.org/
Speaker: Dr. Roger Johnson, UK
PLENARY 3 - Best practice country experiences with ICT policies
Time: Thursday 27 August 2009, 09.00 – 10.30
Chair: H.E. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong, Vice-Minister of Information and Communication, Viet Nam
Introduction: High level officials of different countries will present the main issues of their country ICT policies and share their best practice experiences with implementing these policies. Throughout the rest of the conference the participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss how the experiences with policies reflect on practical projects.
09.00 - 09.05
H.E.Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Vietnam – Chair
09.05 - 09.30
H.E. Bat - Erdene J, Vice-Chairman of Information, Communications Technology and Post Authority (ICTPA) Regulatory Agency of the Government of Mongolia.
09.30 - 09.55
Speech delivered on behalf of H.E. Mrs. Erlinda Handal Vega, Vice-minister of Technology, Ministry of Education , delivered by Mr. Luis Cruz, Director of Informatics of the Ministry of Education, El Salvador.
09.55 - 10.15
Speech of Dr. Yang Seung Taik, Former Minister of South Korea Information and Communication, South Korea.
10.15 - 10.30
Topic: ICT and sustainable development in Vietnam
Dr. Nguyen Thanh Tuyen , Vice-General Director of Department of Information Technology, Vietnam
PLENARY 4 - ICT for Development Policies
Time: Thursday 27 August 2009, 11.00 – 12.30
Chair: Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO, France
Introduction: The former chairman of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID), dr. Craig R. Barrett, in June 2007 combined his observations and experiences into eight recommended national strategies for using technology to advance development. This session will have a few short presentations on the issue, followed by a panel discussion with the presenters of this and the previous session about the way these recommendations are addressed in current policies and/or can be addressed in future policies.
11.00 – 11.05
Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO, France – Chair
11.05 – 11.20
ICT development in Ethiopia - Mr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Director General of the Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency, Ethiopia.
11.20 – 11.35
ICT for development policies - Mr. Alexander Ntoko, Head of Corporate Strategy Division, ITU, Switzerland.
11.35 – 11.50
Mr. Frank Donovan, USAID Mission Director to VN, USA.
11.50 – 12.00
ICT for devekopment policy in Viet Nam - Dr. Pham Manh Lam, Deputy general director of National Institute of Information and Communications Strategy, MIC, Vietnam.
12.00 – 12.30
Panel discussion chaired by dr Abdul Waheed Khan.
Panel members: the four speakers of this session and Vice - Minister of Myanmar.
12.30 – 13.30
Topic: The International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) http://www.ipthree.org/
Speaker: Dr. Roger Johnson, UK
PLENARY 5 - Open Source Software
Time: Friday 28 August 2009, 09.00 – 10.30
Chair: Dr. Hoang Le Minh, General Director of Viet Nam National Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry, Vietnam
Introduction: This session will address the way free open source software (FOSS) can be used in developing countries in an efficient and effective way. Potential benefits but also pitfalls will be discussed. Initiatives on national and regional level will be presented and experiences will be shared.
09.00 - 09.10
Dr. Hoang Le Minh, General Director of Viet Nam National Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry, Vietnam.
09.10 - 09.30
Topic: Vietnam on the FOSS way
Mr. Nguyen Trung Quynh, Deputy Director of IT Office, Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam.
09.30 - 10.05
Topic: Issues on FOSS implementation in developing countries
Mr. Jon “Maddog” Hall, Founder and Chair, Linux International, USA
10.05 - 10.20
Topic: International cooperation in FOSS development
Mr. Jaykay Kim, COO of Asianux Corporation, Korea.
10.20 - 10.30
PLENARY 6 - Industry contributions
Time: Friday 28 August 2009,11.00 - 12.30
Chair: Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Director General of ICT & e-Commerce, Department, Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Introduction: Contributions by sponsors. Companies will explain their views and activities with respect to the main theme of the conference: ICT for sustainable development.
11.00 - 11.05
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Director General of ICT & e-Commerce Department, Ministry of Trade and Industry.
11.05 - 11.30
Topic: VNPT- ICT development for the community
Mr. Nghiem Phuc Hoan, Vice-General Director of VNPT, Vietnam
11.30 - 11.45
Topic: ICT for communities - Public-private partnership models - Best practices/strategies for countries
Mr. David Fosberg, Regional Director - Intel World Ahead Program; Intel Corporation - Asia Pacific Sales & Marketing Group
11.45 - 12.00
Topic: ICT for sustainable development
Mr. Chung Min, Solution Consultant, Huawei Technologies, Malaysia
12.00 - 12.20
Topic: The Future Investment
Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, Vice-General Director of Viettel, Vietnam
12.20 - 12.30
PLENARY 7 – Public - Private Partnership Closing
14.00 – 14.05
Prof.dr. Basie von Solms, President of IFIP, South Africa - Chair
14.05 – 14.30
H.E. mr. Michael Michalak, Ambassador of USA, Vietnam
14.30 – 14.55
Ms Victoria Kwakwa, country director for Viet Nam, World Bank – Keynote speech
14.55 – 15.15
Public and Private sector partnership through ICT enabling: Best pratices
Vice-president, ASOCIO – Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organization, Japan ( to be confirmed)
15.15 – 15.35
First impressions of the outcome of WITFOR 2009
15.35 – 15.40
Announcement of the next WITFOR
15.40 – 15.50
sentation of IFIP WCC 2010
Mr. Mark Loyd, Australia
15.50 – 15.55
NOC and ISC chairs to thank all
H.E.Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong, Vice – Minister of Ministry of Information and Communication and Mr. Leon Strous , Chairman of Witfor 2009
15.55 – 16.00
Closing of WITFOR 2009 on behalf of the honorary conference chai
Abdul Waheed Khan speaker
Abdul Waheed Kahn from UNESCO will be speaking at one of the plenary sessions.....
Post WITFOR events
There will be a post WITFOR event on free open source software. This event is specifically meant for WITFOR participants.
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