SLREN Stakeholder Workshop

from to (Africa/Freetown)
at Njala University ( Conference Centre )
Njala University Njala Campus Sierra Leone West Africa
The purpose of the workshop is to engage key stakeholders in research and education, including Vice Chancellors & Principals, Researchers, ICT Directors/Managers, Ministries and Departmental Agencies (MDAs), Donor Agencies in Sierra Leone and the WACREN leadership regarding the establishment of a National Research and Education Network in Sierra Leone (SLREN). 

The workshop will further discuss the need for Sierra Leone joining the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN). The aim is to secure high speed and affordable Internet connectivity for the Sierra Leone research and education community in Gb/s rather than in Kb/s.
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Go to day
  • Monday, 25 April 2016
    • 17:00 - 21:00 Arrival of delegates
      • 19:00 Meet and Greet Cocktail 2h0'
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2016
    • 08:30 - 09:00 Registration
    • 09:00 - 10:40 Opening Session
      Convener: Ms. Memunatu Pratt (Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, USL)
      • 09:00 Call to order – Introductions and Welcome remarks from the Registrar, Njala University 10'
        Speaker: Mr. Aly Turay
      • 09:10 Welcome address from the Vice Chancellor & Principal, Njala University 10'
        Speaker: Prof. Ernest T Ndomahina
      • 09:20 Welcome remarks from the Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Sierra Leone 10'
        Speaker: Prof. Ekundayo Thompson
      • 09:30 Goodwill messages (3 minutes each): State House, MEST, MIC, World Bank, SALCAB 15'
      • 09:45 Speech from Minister of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) or Representative 15'
        Speaker: Dr. Minkilu Bah
      • 10:00 Speech from Minister of Information & Communications (MIC) or Representative 15'
        Speaker: Cornilious Devaux
      • 10:15 Keynote address from CEO of the West & Central Africa Research & Education Network (WACREN) 20'
        Speaker: Dr. Boubakar Barry (WACREN)
        Material: Slides pdf file
    • 10:40 - 11:00 Health break / Group Photos
    • 11:00 - 13:00 The NREN as a Tool for National Development
      Conveners: Andaleeb Jahan Alam (World Bank Country Representative), Daniel Kanu (Commissioner, Right to Access Information Commission)
      • 11:00 Fiber Optic Broadband Connectivity 20'
        The economic benefits of fiber optic broadband to Sierra Leone - An overview of current fiber optic broadband
        Speaker: Mohamed Jalloh (e-governance Coordinator, Ministry of Information & Communication)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 11:20 Fiber Optic Broadband Cost Model 20'
        An overview of fiber optic implementation, Access and Affordability/Tariffs 
        Speaker: Mohamed Sheriff/Sewah (MD, Sierra Leone Cable Company (SALCAB))
      • 11:40 Closing the Digital Divide in Sierra Leone Tertiary & Research Institutions 35'
        The Case for a National Research & education Network (SLREN)
        Speaker: Mr. Thomas Songu (Njala University, SierraLeone)
        Material: Slides pdf file
      • 12:15 Tour of Fiber optic Point of Presence – Njala Campus 45'
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
    • 14:00 - 15:00 SLREN Implementation Roadmap
      Conveners: Prof. Miriam Conteh-Morgan (Librarian, IPSM, USL), Prof. Ekundayo Thompson (Vice-Chancellor & Principal, USL)
      Material: proceedings pdf file