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World Information Technology Forum 2005 "IST for accelerated development"

31st August to 2nd September 2005, Gaborone, Botswana

   WITFOR 2005 had address issues critical to developing countries, such as the application of ICT in fighting HIV/Aids, poverty, access to education, environment, as well as social, ethical and legal consequences of IT. It has also showcase leading-edge ICT solutions for economic development, as well as best practice projects from around the world.

   The inaugural WITFOR was held in Lithuania, in 2003, where the participants adopted the Vilnius Declaration.

   This year's Forum, the second, brought together more than 700 delegates, including ICT Ministers, senior policy-makers, academics, NGOs, ICT experts and the private ICT sector.

   The theme of WITFOR 2005 was "ICT for accelerated development". Its specific objectives are:

    - to find ways of utilising ICT for accelerated development, in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals and the WSIS Plan of Action; and

    - to pay special attention to the needs of developing countries and assist them in accelerating development through the application of ICT.

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