Events
The 2nd Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
11/18/2007

The second Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the period from 12 to 15 November 2007. The inaugural meeting of the IGF was held in Athens, Greece in the period from 30 October - 2 November 2006. An Egyptian high-level official delegation, headed by Dr. Tarek Kamel the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, participated in the first meting.
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited stakeholders from throughout the world to attend the second Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He made a mention of the high significance of the benefits to be gained from the great successes of the inaugural meeting that was held in Athens last year. HE emphasized the necessity of going on supporting the developing countries’ capabilities in Internet Governance and the completion of the discussion of the relevant issues which were raised during Athens’ meeting within the framework of the main pivots:
- Communications and access.
- Multilateral relations.
- Openness.
- Security.
 
In addition, the IGF will discuss the means available to govern internet revenues, that is, the “critical revenues” that will be scheduled in the meeting’s agenda this year.

During the WSIS that was held in Tunis in 2005, the necessity of establishing the IGF was declared. Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) asked Kofi Anan , the then UN Secretary General to invite stakeholders to discuss the Internet Governance affairs through holding a constructive dialogue between all concerned parties. Tunis Summit succeeded in laying down the specialties and responsibilities of the Forum. It was followed by two preparatory meetings held in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of drafting a working agenda of the inaugural meeting.

Egypt plays a vital role in the proceedings of IGF on the regional level. Egypt is considered one of the pioneering countries in ICT sector in the African Continent, hence it bears the responsibility of helping the African countries in promoting the technical capabilities in it. Also, Cairo seeks to establish a unified viewpoint among the African countries in order to fulfill the joint goals and interests. This became evident during the  IGF preparatory meeting (September 2006) as it sought to draft a joint formula between the African countries highlighting the Continent’s priorities and challenges with regard to Internet Governance.

It is worth mentioning that the Advisory Council, which the UN Secretary commissioned to hold the IGF, decided to choose Egypt to host the Internet Governance Forum in 2009.  This highlights the Egyptian capital’s abilities and potentials that qualify it to develop the ICT sector in Africa and represent the Internet issues on the Arab and African levels.
The Host country’s website:
http://www.igfbrazil2007.br/

The IGF’s website:
http://www.intgovforum.org/

For more documents and information about the IGF and Egypt’s regional activities in this concern, please visit:

http://www.ntra.gov.eg/arabic/DPages_DPagesDetails.asp?ID=395&Menu=7

http://blogs.albawaba.com/baheresmat