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AUAF Director of IT Participates in Internet Governance Forum

9 December 2016

Mr. Aziz Taqwa, Director of Information Technology at AUAF, participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Guadalajara, Mexico from 5-9 December. Mr. Taqwa was invited to represent Afghanistan as the chairman of Internet Society (ISOC) Afghanistan.

The IGF was established in 2006 by the United Nations as a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance issues, such as the Internet's sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. The purpose of the IGF is to “enable the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet governance related issues; create opportunities to share best practices and experiences; identify emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public; and contribute to capacity building for Internet governance.

At the Forum, Mr. Taqwa spoke about technology development in Afghanistan since 2001, the initiatives taken in Afghanistan for capacity building and empowering women, and how technology is used in education. He also participated in the discussion on how technology can contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

The IGF had its preliminary meetings in Washington DC, where he met with the government officials from the Federal Communications Commission, Google, AT&T and the officials from Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Mr. Taqwa is a strong proponent of technology and encourages the young generation of Afghanistan to participate in conferences and forums to raise their voice for technology use in Afghanistan.

Mr. Aziz Taqwa (fifth from the right) joins colleagues from around the globe to discuss Internet governance issues.