16 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a United Nations (UN) summit that was initiated in order to create an evolving multi- stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach at the national, regional and international levels. The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information. The 2012 WSIS Forum was hosted by ITU.

Remote Participation was an integral component of the Forum and CSZ's Lawrence Gudza was invited to address one of the thematic workshops, organised by IFIP IP3 entitled "Improving Economic Development, Regional GDP, Innovation, Education, Skills, Sustainability and Security by creating and growing a professional ICT workforce."

The workshop panelists were IP3 Marketing Director Ms Moira de Roche, Immediate Past President & Fellow Computer Society South Africa; IP3 Chair Ms Brenda Aynsley, FACS, IP3 Representative Australian Computer Society; IP3 Member Mr Lawrence Gudza, FCSZ Past President, Computer Society of Zimbabwe and Mr Stephen Ibaraki, CIPS Fellow, CIPS, Canada.

In this session, IFIP/IP3 presented the argument that the common denominator for sustained growth in economic development, GDP, innovation, sustainability and security is a professional workforce supported by internationally accredited industry, relevant education, demonstrated skills development, recognized ethical conduct and adherence to proven best practices and standards. This involves the collaboration of business, industry, governments, academia, and professional societies. The UNESCO-founded international ICT consultative body IFIP has the IP3 program to provide guidance and mentorship to its members to ensure the creation and sustained growth of a professional ICT workforce.


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