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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DiploFoundation unveils eDiplomat, offers training in Accra

An international non-governmental organisation with offices in Geneva and Malta, Diplo Foundation, has unveiled a new course called eDiplomat, trains over 20 Africans in Accra on Policy and Internet Governance.

Director, DiploFoundation, Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, made this known, weekend, to ITRealms Online recently, saying that the launch events for the e-Diplomacy Initiative, would lead-up to discussion towards the International Conference on E-Diplomacy, to be held in Geneva and Vienna.

The use of e-tools, he said, for diplomatic or international relations activities, would contribute much to making these events lively, interesting and useful for all participants.

As said by him, the Geneva phase would hold today, May 19, 2010 at the World Meteorological Organisation Building, while that of Vienna, has been slated for May 25, 2010, at the Diplomatic Academy – Vienna.

Participants, he said, could register either via e-mail at: edipinfo@diplomacy.edu or on the website: http://edip.diplomacy.edu/regevents.

He also said that his organisation, a non-profit organisation is determined to assist all countries, particularly those with limited resources to participate meaningfully in international relations, hence promoting a multistakeholder approach, involving the participation of international organisation, civil society and other actors in international affairs.

In keeping with Diplo objectives, he said that the organisation through its educational programmes to introduce eDiplomat.

Meanwhile, Diplo Foundation, last weekend, completed capacity building programme for over 20 Africans under its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Internet Governance for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).

The Accra training was conducted as one of the pre-conference exercises in partnership with Free Open Source Software for Africa (FOSSFA) and Open Source Institute for West Africa (OSIWA), which lasted for three days at the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT.

ITRealms Online, gathered that presently, over 300 ACP officials and other specialists of various professional backgrounds including engineering, economy, law, social sciences, languages and culture, media have been lined up for training under the project.

The ACP-ICT programme is financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) with the aim of assisting ACP governments and institutions to design, implement and evaluate their national and regional ICT cum internet policies in addition to addressing intra-ACP needs in developing good practices in ICT policies as well as promoting greater stakeholder awareness.


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