You are invited to join remotely in the provided “adobeconnect” rooms on Wednesday May 16 between 7:15am-9am PDT / 10:15am-12:00 EDT (1615 and 1800 local time (Geneva Switzerland)). For registration please visit the WSIS Forum website at http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Information/WSISForum2012.aspx.

The title of the Thematic Workshop that IP3 will lead is "Improving Economic Development, Regional GDP, Innovation, Education, Skills, Sustainability and Security by creating and growing a professional ICT workforce." The workshop will present as panelists IP3 Marketing Director Ms Moira de Roche, Immediate Past President & Fellow Computer Society South Africa; IP3 Chair Ms Brenda Aynsley, FACS, IP3 Representative Australian Computer Society; IP3 Member Mr Lawrence Gudza, Immediate Past President, Computer Society of Zimbabwe and Mr Stephen Ibaraki, CIPS Fellow, CIPS, Canada.

In this session, you will learn that the common denominator for sustained growth in economic development, GDP, innovation, sustainability and security is a professional workforce supported by internationally accredited industry, relevant education, demonstrated skills development, recognized ethical conduct and adherence to proven best practices and standards. This involves the collaboration of business, industry, governments, academia, and professional societies. The UNESCO-founded international ICT consultative body IFIP has the IP3 program to provide guidance and mentorship to its members to ensure the creation and sustained growth of a professional ICT workforce. In support of this presentation, representatives from countries which have started the journey to creating a professional ICT workforce will present their case studies. Their talks will encompass:

  • motivation to begin the journey;

  • steps taken so far including who are their partners in their journey;

  • results delivered so far;

  • barriers and obstacles; and

  • measures of success.

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ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP welcomes all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2012 which will be held from 14th to 18th May 2012 and will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders. The 2012 WSIS Forum will be hosted by ITU and will take place at the Conference Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Remote Participation will be an integral component of the Forum and details are available at the WSIS website at http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/Information/WSISForum2012.aspx.