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NTA set to study WSIS obligation



World Summit on Information Society is a United Nations Conference led by International Telecommunications Union

KATHMANDU: Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has initiated the process to study the country’s position pertaining to WSIS targets.

The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) is a United Nations Conference led by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) –– a UN specialised agency. WSIS’s goal is to develop a global framework to deal with the challenges posed by the information society, NTA said.

NTA will soon appoint a consultant to find the current position of ICT vis-a-vis the WSIS target in Nepal and explore a way forward to achieve the target within the stipulated time, said spokesperson at NTA Kailash Prasad Neupane, adding that the authority has already announced a public notice to appoint a consultant to conduct the survey.

The country has to improve its performance in 10 indicators to meet the target given by WSIS, he said.

NTA had planned to carry out the survey last fiscal year, said Neupane. “But the plan has been delayed for the time being and NTA has decided to conduct it next fiscal year.”

The scope of this survey includes determining the position of Nepal regarding the fulfillment of the predefined WSIS target and exploring the future course of action, he informed.

The country should start the process of connecting villages to information and communication technology (ICT) and establish community access points, to connect universities, colleges, secondary schools, and primary schools with ICT, and to also connect scientific and research centres with ICT by 2015 to meet WSIS target.

The government should connect public libraries, cultural centres, museums, post offices, and archives with ICT, and ICT facilities should be introduced in health centres and hospitals to meet the target.

ICT connection in all local and central government departments and the establishment of websites and e-mail addresses and the adaption of primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the information society, taking into account national circumstances are other key aspects of the WSIS target, according to Neupane.

Access for all the population to television/radio and programmes to encourage the development of content and put in place technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the internet are also envisaged in the WSIS target.

The overall target of WSIS is to ensure that more than half the world’s inhabitants will have access to ICT within their reach by 2015, NTA said.

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