07.05.2003 -

Meeting in Cuba to Discuss WSIS Preparation

Preparations of the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) will continue in Varadero, Cuba, next week, when experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will gather for a joint meeting of INFOLAC, UNESCO's Regional Programme to Enhance Co-operation among National Development Information Systems and Networks, and LACNET, the Regional Network of the UN ICT Task Force.

The objective of the meeting is to initiate cooperation between INFOLAC that has its Secretariat at the UNESCO's Regional Office for Communication and Information for Latin American and the Caribbean (ORCILAC) in Quito and the UN ICT Task Force, to join forces for the WSIS preparation in Latin American and the Caribbean Region.


UNESCO has fulfilled the role of the Permanent Secretariat of INFOLAC since its creation and has sustained, together with the Members States, this mechanism for regional cooperation in recognition of its potential for promoting ICT development and an information society for all. ORCILAC presently also provides the LACNET secretariat.


INFOLAC has been involved in all of the consultative activities undertaken by UNESCO in preparation for WSIS, such as the consultations that took place in Itacuruçá (Brazil), Isla Margarita (Venezuela), Río de Janeiro (Brazil) and, finally, the regional ministerial preparatory conference for WSIS that took place this past January in Bávaro (Dominican Republic) that was organized by ECLAC and the government of the Dominican Republic.


INFOLAC, the "Regional Programme to Enhance Co-operation among National Development Information Systems and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean" was established in 1986 by a resolution of UNESCO's General Conference. As a forum for the exchange of expertise and experiences in the area of information services. it is open to all public, private or professional institutions which are involved in the provision of information services in the region.

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