The Georgia Institute of Technology will be represented at the April 23-27 unveiling of Liberia’s National Information and Communication Technologies Policy.

Entitled, “E-Liberia Vision 2010,” the policy will be announced by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia, the country’s capital, and followed by a series of workshops and educational sessions.

Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Michael Best, who works in the university’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and its College of Computing, is organizing a two-day workshop for the conference that is to examine the West African nation’s plans for information and communications technologies.

In partnership with Microsoft Corp., Georgia Tech has been intimately involved with the development of information and communications technology programs in Liberia.

Under Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential program, which works to provide technology skills globally, Georgia Tech has helped establish a computer center at Monrovia’s Center for Empowerment of Women and Children. The center is focused on livelihood development and training among women displaced by the civil war.

Georgia Tech and Microsoft are also planning the development of a computer facility and training center at the JFK Hospital, Liberia’s largest health center, which will be used to train hospital staff in computer literacy, health informatics, and tele-health services.

Other entities to be represented at the five-day conference include Cisco Systems, the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the World Bank, the International Financial Corporation and the United States Agency for International Development.

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