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Connect 2001 Cancun


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Connect 2001 Cancun

  1. 1. JF Soupizet European Commission Directorate-General of Information Society @lis - Alliance for the Information Society A co-operation programme between Latin America and the European Union October 16-18, 2001
  2. 2. Background of @lis <ul><li>Announced by the European Commission on October 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Main follow-up of Summit of Heads of State of LA and EU held in June 1999 in Rio de Janeiro </li></ul><ul><li>Information Society has been selected by the European Commission as the main priority for cooperation with Latin America in the economic field </li></ul><ul><li>Preparatory work was carried out by a consortium of non-profit organisations led by AHCIET </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  3. 3. Main characteristics of @lis <ul><li>Expected launch: November 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Total estimated budget: 85 million Euros </li></ul><ul><li>EU estimated contribution: 63.5 million Euros </li></ul><ul><li>Latin American countries covered: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela (18 countries) </li></ul><ul><li>A similar programme is expected to be launched for Caribbean countries </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  4. 4. General Objective of @lis <ul><li>Promoting the Information Society and fight against the digital divide throughout Latin America, with a view to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>better serving the needs of local communities and citizens, as part of a sustainable development; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stimulating co-operation with European counterparts </li></ul></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  5. 5. Specific Objectives of @lis <ul><li>Stimulating an open dialogue between governments, regional institutions, regulators, standards makers, private sector, intermediary institutions and stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing interconnection between research & development communities of both regions </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing applications based on demonstration projects involving operators, all actors and stakeholders in four main areas (local e-governance; e-learning and cultural diversity; public health; and e-inclusion) </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  6. 6. Project Areas of @lis <ul><li>I - Dialogue on Policy and Regulation (estimated amount: 4 Million Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>II - Dialogue on Standardisation issues (estimated amount: 3 Million Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>III - Stakeholders networks (estimated amount: 4 Million Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>IV - Interconnection of Research networks (estimated amount: 10 Million Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>V - Demonstration projects (estimated amount: 40 Million Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>(+2.5 Million Euros for internal management of the programme) </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  7. 7. I - Dialogue on Policy and Regulation <ul><li>Expected results: </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of the regional and sub-regional integration (Mercosur, Andean community, Central American countries) process within LA and strengthening of the relationship between LA and the EU, through implementation of one project (including studies, technical assistance, training, transfer of know-how) related with dialogue on policy, regulation and e-governance </li></ul><ul><li>Call for tenders expected to be launched around end of 2001 </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  8. 8. II - Dialogue on Standardisation issues <ul><li>Expected results: </li></ul><ul><li>Further integration of LA countries in the Global Information Society by promoting open and global standards in the region and stimulating technological partnerships, through implementation of one project (including studies, technical assistance, meetings, training, transfer of know-how) related with dialogue on norms and standards (e.g. third generation mobile communications, digital broadcasting, microelectronics (VLSI design), etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented by ETSI (European Telecoms Standards Institute) </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  9. 9. III - Stakeholders networks (I) <ul><li>Expected results: </li></ul><ul><li>EU-LA partnerships built up (such as a virtual Information Society observatory) or strengthened (joint market intelligence, technical assistance, training, transfer of know-how) relating networks of stakeholders, especially regulators, science parks, local governments and intermediary institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented by specialised non-profit organisations (which would include REGULATEL and AHCIET) </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  10. 10. III - Stakeholders networks (II) <ul><li>Two projects foreseen: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i) Consortium between REGULATEL & the EU Independent Regulators Group (IRG), involving support to meetings and workshops, information awareness, studies, training, study tours, internships, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ii) Consortium involving AHCIET (support to management of EU/LA Information Society Forum) and other non-profit organisations (virtual observatory, technology parks, professional associations, focal points, organisations of citizens) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expected to start from beginning of 2002 </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  11. 11. IV - Interconnection of Research networks <ul><li>Expected results: </li></ul><ul><li>EU-LA research & development communities interconnected providing them with access to online bandwidth exchanges service, inspired on the EU GEANT project; indirectly, a 20% increase rate in four years of EU-LA R&D projects on Information Society issues is expected </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented by DANTE, non-profit European organisation which manages GEANT </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  12. 12. V - Demonstration projects <ul><li>Expected results: </li></ul><ul><li>Around 20 implemented prototypes, resulting from demonstration projects related with four main areas (local e-governance; e-inclusion; e-learning and cultural diversity; and public health) </li></ul><ul><li>Call for proposals expected to be launched around end of 2001 + 4-6 months of delay for submission of proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Average duration of projects: 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Development of e-commerce for SMEs to be covered by another EU programme (AL-INVEST) </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  13. 13. Other Organisational Aspects <ul><li>Non-profit organisations will be elegible, receiving up to 75% of financing; Commercial companies in principle will also be eligible, receiving up to 35% of financing </li></ul><ul><li>A mid-term review will be held after 2 years of @lis implementation and an evaluation report will be produced at the end of the programme </li></ul><ul><li>The impact of @lis will be assessed through a set of quantitative and qualitative indicators collected during implementation of each project </li></ul><ul><li>EU/LA Forum on Information Society planned to be organised with Brazilian Government (MCT) & AHCIET at end of November in Brazil to present @lis and promote EU/LA partnerships </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  14. 14. Co-operation among International Institutions <ul><li>A P rogramme M onitoring C ommittee will be organised to define and follow-up strategic issues. International institutions (e.g. European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, etc.) could be associated with this committee </li></ul><ul><li>Complementarity between @lis and other co-operation activities within Latin America in the Information Society field (e.g. from BID, World Bank, CITEL, ITU, etc.) needs to be ensured </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001
  15. 15. <ul><li>Thank you for your attention </li></ul><ul><li>JF Soupizet </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +32 2 2968964 Fax: +32 2 2968970 E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li> For further information on EU Information Society Policy : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>October 16-18, 2001