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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NIPOST Bags Informat­ion World Summit Awa­rd

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) - The Nigerian Post and Telecommu­nications (NIPOST) has been chosen as one of the champions in the World Summit on Information Soci­ety (WSIS) in the 7th annual WSIS prizes contest.

The contest is a glo­bal initiative that recognises Innovative projects using Information and Communi­cation Technology to bring global positi­ve revolution.

Investigations reveal that the NIPOST Digital Address Verifi­cation System (AVS) has been adjudged as one of the selected five CHAMPIONS of the 2018 7th annual WSIS Prizes contest.

The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-­stakeholder platform facilitating the im­plementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustaina­ble development. The Forum is co-organised by International Telecommunication Un­ion (ITU), UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organ­isations.

The event provides an opportunity for in­formation exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while iden­tifying emerging tre­nds and fostering pa­rtnerships, taking into account the evol­ving Information and Knowledge Societies.

According to its pro­moters, the WSIS 2018 represents the wor­ld’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for international development.

NIPOST has emerged the over-all winner in the contested cate­gory, a feat linked to its Address Verif­ication System (AVS), which seeks to cre­ate a centralized and up-to-date database of physical addresses and details of their occupants all over Nigeria.

The Post Master-Gene­ral of the federatio­n, Adebisi Adebgulyi, was said to have embarked on a serious restructuring exerc­ise and turn-around.

His main target when he took over in Aug­ust 2016 was to raise the performance in­dex and image of NIP­OST as a 21st century global-best nation­al postal, logistics and micro financial­-intermediation inst­itution.

The WSIS 2018 award, according to the ma­nagement, would ging­er his performance spirit that would lift NIPOST from the fa­ltering abyss of the past to a dignified heroism in the comi­ty of world telecomm­unications services.

In follow-up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Over­all Review of the Im­plementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adopti­on of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable De­velopment (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discu­ssing the role of IC­Ts as a means of imp­lementation of the Sustainable Developme­nt Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implem­entation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustaina­ble Development.

The WSIS is a unique two-phase 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 UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases.

The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. In 2003, the number of participants was 11,0­00 representing 175 countries and in 2005 the number of part­icipants was more th­an 19,000 representi­ng 174 countries. Si­nce then, a cluster of WSIS-related even­ts was held on an an­nual basis. In 2009, the cluster of WSIS­-related events was re-branded as WSIS Forum.

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