ICC BASIS intervention - ICC Open Consultation-Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

    by Ayesha Hassan

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 26/02/2008

    On behalf of the International Chamber of Commerce and members of its initiatives Business Action to Support the Information Society, I would like to join others in thanking the host country of Brazil as well as all the organizers involved in the IGF in Rio.

    On the main sessions, ICC/BASIS supports the continued inclusion of main sessions but encourages an involved format that would make the discussions more meaningful. Many people who were involved in the Rio main sessions came away with, perhaps, less than they could and in building towards India, thinking about the format of the main sessions to ensure that there is more attendance is important. Consideration of having fewer or no parallel events to make the main sessions more of a focal point in the schedule, to focus the discussions in the main sessions on specific topics within the broad themes that have been put forward, to ensure that a range of viewpoints on those specific topics are brought out in the main session discussions and that there is more interaction.