Convergence Workshop Aug

The World Bank Group's Global Information & Communication Technologies Department (GICT) plays an important role in developing and promoting access to information and communications technologies (ICT) in developing countries. Created in January 2000, GICT brings together the private investment practice of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the public sector advisory and funding arms of the World Bank, to provide governments, private companies and community organizations with the capital and expertise needed to develop and exploit ICT to reduce poverty and foster development.

On 3 May, 2006, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in coordination with the infoDev/ World Bank is hosting a one-day workshop under the title 'Convergence of Media and ICT in Egypt: Challenges, Policies and Regulation'. InfoDev consultants will handle the workshop, which will bring together various stakeholders; Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MCIT), NTRA, ITIDA and the private sector.

It will be conducted in two parts:
a. The latest international best practices and lessons learned, relevant to the Egyptian context, as well as some orientations based on the analysis of the Egyptian situation will be proposed.
b. A debate between the stakeholders (MCIT, Ministry of Information, ITIDA, NTRA) and the identification of a common approach to convergence policy and regulation
The main interest for NTRA is the international experience in the regulation and the way the commercial and business issues are solved between the Media and the ICT sides. Case studies are important to demonstrate the feasibility of implementation.

Moreover, the dimensions of convergence- technology, applications, legislation and regulation – are to be explained to the shareholders.
The final discussion would hopefully result in a common vision of the necessity to address the subject and a road map for what should be done next.

The outcome of this workshop will feed into the convergence conference being prepared by MCIT, which is considered a pre-event to the World Economic Forum, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 20-22 May 2006.