"Africa will today take centre stage in Geneva with the planned
launch of an organisation aimed at promoting the use of open source
software throughout the continent. The launch, as part of the World
Summit on the Information Society's Prepcom 2 meeting in Geneva is
expected to take place late this afternoon.
"Preparations for the launch of an open source foundation for
Africa started many months ago at the ICT policy and civil society
workshop in Addis Ababa. At that meeting a task force was
established to drive the initiative forward. The task force
includes representatives from across the continent including Kenya,
South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda.
"In a recent Tectonic interview with members of the task team,
Bill Kagai of Kenya said: 'It all started during the ICT policy and
civil society workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when 82
participants from 25 different countries invited by the Association
for Progressive Communications(APC), Article 19 and the United
Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) assembled to discuss
ICTs in Africa. The workshop participants agreed that open source
software is paramount to Africa's progress in the ICT arena, and
began work on a coordinated approach to support open source
development, distribution and integration...'"