NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
MOBILE MONDAY CHAPTER LAUNCHED IN ADDIS ABABA: PRESS RELEASE
March 28, 2012
Information and Communication Technology Association - Ethiopia (ICT-ET) announced yesterday that Addis Ababa has become the latest member of the Mobile Monday family during the Innovation Africa Digital Summit which was held in Addis Ababa from March 27 to 29. The Summit, which was hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Extensia LTD, brought together over 400 executives, regulators and ministers within the ICT industry across Africa.

Mobile Monday, also known as MoMo, founded by Finland’s mobile enthusiasts Vesku Paananen (“the father” of ringtones) and Peter Vesterbacka (marketing wizard of world’s all time biggest mobile game Angry Birds) in 2000 and internationalized by Jari Tammisto, is an international network of passionate mobile developers, influencers, and investors aiming to develop the mobile ecosystem locally and globally. There are currently over 140 chapters around the world and Addis Ababa is the newest chapter. 'We welcome Addis Ababa to the Mobile Monday family and look forward to continuing our collaboration with ICT-ET on this important initiative' said Jari Tammisto CEO and President of MobileMonday Global.

ICT-ET aims to expose, engage and enable the private sector within ICT in Ethiopia which includes Information Technology, Communication Technology and Broadcasting Technology. 'Our main goal currently is to expose Ethiopia's ICT sector to the world and vice versa. Our current efforts include various events we've facilitated such as the Diaspora Dialogue, Innovation Africa Digital Summit with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and G-Ethiopia with Google. Joining the Mobile Monday family will now help put Ethiopia on the global ICT map which is also necessary to attract investors to the ICT Park in Addis Ababa.' added Seyoum Bereded, President of ICT-ET.


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ICT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ETHIOPIA- DIASPORA DIALOGUE
January 3, 2012
International Conference on ICT Investment Opportunities in Ethiopia- Diaspora Dialogue

Time and Date:Addis Ababa(UNECA) 8AM – 10AM Thursday Jan. 12, 2012

Los Angeles (PST)9PM – 11PM Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012

Dallas 11PM – 1AM Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012

New York (EST) 12AM – 2AM Thursday Jan. 12, 2012

London 5AM – 7AM Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Sydney 4PM – 6PM Thursday Jan 12, 2012

AGENDA:

8AM – 8:15AM

GTP with respect to ICT, Overview of ICT Policies, Minister of MCIT

8:15AM – 8:30AM

Overview of ICT Park, Minister of MCIT

8:30AM – 8:45AM

ICT-ET Overview and Plans, ICT-ET President

8:45AM – 9AM

Data Centers, Nebiyou (GA)

9AM – 9:15AM

Incubation, Kidane (CA)

9:15AM – 9:30AM

Outsourcing, Fitsum (DC)

9:30AM – 10AM

Q&A (via info@ictet.org ), Addis A. (MC)

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EVENT LOCATION - PRE-REGISTRATION (REQUIRED):

IN PERSON ATTENDEES: UNECA Headquarters (CONFERENCE ROOM 3) Please register at the following URL: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8ZXMLMD by January 10, 2012.

VIRTUAL ATTENDEES: Please pre-register at the following URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/924887590 by January 10, 2012

POST EVENT UPDATE:

RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFE1SIgkeV0


ICT-ET INVITATION FOR A WORKSHOP ON THE WTO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS REGIME
October 17, 2011
Dear ICT Community,

The WTO Accession Plus Project of the United Sates Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with ICT-ET is hosting a workshop to discuss the protection of intellectual property rights under the World Trade Organization (WTO) system.

The event is scheduled to take place on October 19, 2011 at the conference hall of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (Mexico Square), from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

The workshop is designed to introduce the basic operations and principles of the WTO to the Ethiopian ICT community and examine the protection of intellectual property rights under the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement of the WTO.

Ato Getachew Mengiste, a prominent intellectual property rights lawyer and former head of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, will be presenting on the TRIPs Agreement. It is expected that participants will obtain valuable insights from the discussion.

We, therefore, kindly request your presence and participation at the workshop.

Please contact Wendwesson Shewarega via email at Wendwesson.s@ethiopiawto.org or via phone at 011-551-24-26 with any questions.

Sincerely,

WTO Accession Plus Project & ICT-ET

EVENT SCHEDULE:

08:30 – 09.00am Registration

09:00 – 09:20am Welcoming Remarks and ICT-ET Update

• Ato Seyoum Bereded, President, ICT Association- Ethiopia

• Ato Yilkal Abate, Secretary General, ICT Association- Ethiopia

09:20 – 09:30am Opening Remarks

• Ato Yohannes Asefa, Chief of Party, USAID WTO Accession Plus Project

09:30 – 10: 00am Introduction to the WTO and Ethiopia’s Accession Process

• Ato Wendwesson Shewarega, Senior Trade Attorney, USAID WTO Accession Plus Project

10:00 – 10:30am The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights

• Ato Getachew Mengiste, International IP Consultant, former Director General of Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office

10:30 - 10:45am Tea-break

10:45 - 11:50 am Discussion

11:50 - 12:00 noon Closing Remarks