Washington, D.C. -- Ten African information system specialists and analysts have begun a four-week program in the United States, November 3-28, to study global information highway issues facing the U.S. and Africa. The Washington program, November 3-5, included meetings with Freedom Forum, the Internet Society, and WorldSpace telecommunications company. The project is sponsored by USIA's International Visitor (IV) Program and arranged by the African-American Institute (AAI). "This program helps young leaders, in both the private and public sectors, to promote information technology access and use in Africa," said Mary Jeffers, chief of the IV Program's Africa branch.
The project is designed to highlight the following:
Following their Washington program, the participants will begin a fast-paced introduction to information highway issues in diverse cities across the country:
Baton Rouge, La. Learning to Surf: A Practical Introduction to the Internet
Columbus, Ohio The Private Sector: Leading the Way
Salt Lake City, Ut. Promoting Micro-Business Development
Bozeman, Mont. Linking Rural Communities to the Global Information Village
Seattle, Wash. The Center of the Technological Revolution
Freeport, Ill. Technology in the Home
The project participants are available for local media interviews to share their perspectives on international information technology issues. Please contact Paul Kreutzer at (202) 619-6144 to arrange interviews or other coverage (the list of international participants follows).
Please see the USIA International Visitor Program homepage for general information about the IV Program: www.usia.gov/education/ivp/usintiv.htm
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CONTACT: Paul Kreutzer
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