ICC-BASIS preliminary feedback on the draft IGF India programme and schedule
This contribution provides preliminary feedback from the global business community of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and its initiative, Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) on the draft programme and schedule for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Hyderabad, India, in response to the IGF secretariat’s call for input ahead of the 13-15 May 2008 consultation and multistakeholder advisory group meetings. ICC and BASIS include members from companies and business associations from around the world, across sectors and of all sizes.
ICC-BASIS members support the evolved approach taken in the draft programme which responds to several stakeholders’ feedback that the IGF in India should build on the IGF in Athens 2006, and in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and continue to provide an open and informative forum for discussion on Internet governance (IG) issues among all stakeholders. It is essential that the IGF continue the successful multistakeholder approach. The Indian host country organizers provided a helpful presentation regarding the facilities and arrangements, and ICC-BASIS hopes that additional details regarding logistical arrangements including visas, registration and hotel booking, Internet access (at the event venue and in the main recommended hotels), and on the ground transportation will be made public by May 2008. The Indian hosts’ efforts to ensure that there are reasonably priced hotels and other accommodations are greatly appreciated. ICC-BASIS reiterates its strong encouragement for the speakers and programme for the main sessions and other events to be finalized and posted by September 2008.