Namibia hosted its first ever Internet Governance Forum in collaboration with International Day and Access to Information in a two day workshop last week at the Safari Court Conference Centre, under the theme “Shape your digital Future”.
This event was organised by the Namibia Internet Governance Committee in partnership with several stakeholders such as, Namibia Media Trust (NMT), Friedrich Erbert Stiftung (FesMedia) Africa, the Ministry of ICT and UNESCO among others.
The opening ceremony was attended by Hon. Tjekero Tweya, Minister of ICT who delivered the keynote address as well as Ms. Kiki Gbeho, UN Resident Coordinator who gave insight on the link between internet governance and access to information.
Over the course of the two days, the workshop included 7 panel discussion sessions, which dealt with issues such as the internet as a medium to achieve inclusive and sustainable social, cultural and political development in Namibia, the Role of the internet in achieving youth empowering in Namibia, internet governance and access to information and improving the quality of multistakeholderism in Internet Governance in Namibia.
During the opening session of day two, Dr. Ilboudo, UNESCO Representative delivered the remarks of Ms. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General and Mr. John Walters Ombudsman of Namibia delivered the key note address and emphasized that “Information is the currency of transparency and there needs to be a conducive environment already in place for laws on Access to Information to be implemented correctly and efficiently.”
Caption: Anthea Volkov, Kiki Gbeho and Tjekero Tweyaat Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.