Internet Governance Forum launched

27 Sep 2017 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - Minister Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya on Wednesday launched the Namibia Internet Governance Forum.
The forum is holding a two-day meeting in the city under the theme ‘Shape your digital future’ which is aimed at producing and establishing a common understanding and position on internet governance issues from the Namibian perspective.
Launching the forum, Tweya said internet has become an increasingly important platform not only for communication, but also in terms of its role as a stage for meaningful political, social and economic engagement.
He said the forum should deliberate on pertinent internet governance issues to reach a common understanding on how to balance safety and privacy of internet.
“The internet has become an increasingly salient consideration for policymakers, economic stakeholders and civil society actors alike,” he said.
Tweya emphasised that as the global internet governance space is still largely dominated by the global North and Western interests and perspectives, Namibia should have its voice heard and express itself on the internet governance issue that concern it directly.
He also pointed to how Government had initiated the roll-out of e-government platforms across strategic state sectors and departments.
Speaking at the same event, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho said forums such as these allow issues to emerge that not only strengthen local governance, but also allow participation in the international internet governance debate.
Namibia has become the 6th African country to launch an Internet Governance Forum.