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The Canadian e-Policy Resource Centre (CePRC) addresses a critical need expressed by a wide array of African stakeholders: to build capacity in the formulation of national and sub-regional ICT strategies and policies. In 2007-08, the CePRC will specifically address the following themes identified as key African priorities in the area of ICT for Development (ICT4D): ICT policy and regulation; e-government, gender ICT policies, e-trade (including cyber-security), and ICT applications such as e-learning, e-health and geographic information systems.
Based in Ottawa (Canada), the CePRC Secretariat responds to African requests by sending Canadian subject-matter experts to events planned and organized primarily in collaboration with ePol-NET Africa - managed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) - as well as with other Partners of the Global e-Policy Resource Network (ePol-NET).
These events include workshops, conferences and seminars structured thematically and aimed at African policy-makers, essentially from national governments, private sector and civil society organizations. African stakeholders can also draw upon many "off-the-shelf" Resources that are updated regularly on this website, as well as from ePolNet Africa and other Partners. These resources provide many concrete examples of Canada's experience in developing its own national ICT policies and strategies.
The CePRC is leaving a strong positive imprint on the African continent, as evidenced by the Canada in Africa section on this website, which includes many Testimonials from key stakeholders. Since becoming fully operational in 2004, the CePRC and ePol-NET Africa, along with other Partners, have delivered successfully on many demand-driven Projects throughout Africa.
The CePRC is one of three initiatives aimed at increasing the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as a significant leveraging tool for economic and social development in Africa. These initiatives are featured under the Canada Fund for Africa,announced in 2002 at the G8 Summit in Kananaskis, as Canada's formal commitment to the G8 Africa Action Plan, which responds to the priorities identified by African States in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The CePRC was officially launched in December 2003 during Phase I of WSIS in Geneva.
The CePRC continues to broaden its vast database of Canadian experts from private consultants and various government departments and agencies — including the Ministries of Industry, Natural Resources, Justice, Customs and Revenue, Treasury Board Secretariat, Public Works and Government Services, Statistics, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Heritage, the Canada School of Public Service, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).