Asian Telecentre Forum 2008

  • Written by swati
  • March 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm
  • Introduction                                         Asian Telecentre Forum 2008 Report

    For a growing number of people in the Asian region, the telecentres has become an important tool for communication and sharing of information and knowledge. The telecentres are being promoted as an answer to the problems of the digital divide as there are still large sections of society that do not enjoy access to ICTs and are therefore at risk of being excluded from the socio-economic benefits that such access brings. Telecentres have been springing up across developing Asia.

    In the past six years, the Asian telecentre movement has gained tremendous momentum and a national advocacy campaign in India triggered under the auspices of the National Alliance for Mission 2007 launched by Prof M S Swaminathan, created a ripple effect not only by the stakeholders but also by the different National Governments, extending the idea of national level upscaling to Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, etc. It is estimated that more than 60 percent of the world’s telecentres will be in the Asian region.

    The enthusiasm created by the Telecentre Stakeholders Forum 2008 during eINDIA 2008 have created new hopes among the emerging telecentre networks in the Asian region, especially, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and other East and South East Asian Countries.

    The Asian Telecentre Forum, third in the series of telecentre forums organised by CSDMS in collaboration with telecentre.org, will focus on the knowledge sharing and telecentres 2.0 among the new and emerging telecentre networks in the region.

    The forum will also provide a platform for deliberating on the key issues facing the Asian telecentre movement and the way ahead. Experts will be engaged in close assessment of issues relating to project monitoring steered by external financial support, from international development agencies and governments in Asia.


    Richard Fuchs
    Regional Director
    East and South East Asia
    International Development Research Centre
    Singapore

    Florencio Ceballos
    Programme Manager
    telecentre.org
    Ottawa
    Canada

    Basheerhamad Shadrach
    Sr Programme Officer
    telecentre.org
    New Delhi
    India

    Jacqueline Loh
    Sr Research Officer
    telecentre.org
    Singapore

    Miguel Raimilla
    Vice President
    OneROOF, Inc
    U S A

    Ahmed M M Eisa Chairman
    Gedaref Digital City Organisation
    Sudan

    Dr Kamolrat Intaratat
    Thaitelecentre.org
    Thailand

    Nazrul Islam
    Country Director, Bangladesh
    Relief International-Schools Online

    Allen Bailochan Tuladhar
    Chairperson
    Forum for Information Technology Nepal
    Mission Swaabhimaan
    Nepal

    Sandra Pandi
    Project Officer
    ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division
    International Telecommunication Union

    Capt K J S Brar
    CEO,
    Designmate

    Dhakshinamoorthy
    Chief Executive Officer
    Warisan Global
    Malaysia
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