Tanzania stands a better chance of benefitting more from internet resources, as a result of some of its organizations’ active participation in Internet Governance Forum-related activities.

A pivotal role played by UTPC, in its capacity as National Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) Secretariat Steering Committee in 2012, is a typically classic example given that its President, Mr Kenneth Simbaya presided over the Dar es Salaam meeting on 12th July.

The one-day meeting, co-funded by Tanzania Communication and Regulatory Authority (TCRA), deliberated upon a wide range of such issues as launching of National Backbone called cyber in Tanzania, to be shared among nine African countries.

Enacting of cyber security laws, involvement of more stakeholders in the Steering Committee, Terms of Reference (ToR) for Secretariat’s smooth running and presentations made in Swahili for an enhanced participant’s understanding were key themes.

The aforesaid deliberations  were based solely on four papers entitled “IGF Movement: Process and status in Tanzania”, presented by UTPC Executive Director, Mr Abubakar Karsan and “National Backbone Status and last Mile Connectivity and Local Content”, presented by ICT Director, Dr Zeipuna Yonah.

Also deliberated on are issues on “New Media in promoting Democracy” presented by Sahara Media Group Chair, Mr Anthony Diallo and “Dot tz Domain: Awareness status and Way forward” presented by Eng. Abib Ntahigiye. Subsequently, as part of way forward, it was resolved that the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) be held between 17th and 18th July, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya, where Mr Diallo had presented NIGF report.

 The 2013 NIGF was held in Dar es Salaam and major issues that were discussed are:-

–          Cyber security in Tanzania

–          Promotion of ICT for development

–          Building the capacity of Tanzania in participating in various ICT related international forums.