Friday, May 9, 2008


New York, May 8 2008 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have joined forces to help young unemployed people across Africa build their entrepreneurial and information technology (IT) skills, it was announced today.

The Graduate Entrepreneurship Training Through IT (GET-IT) initiative will initially be launched in six nations – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda – and eventually be expanded further to span the African continent.

The scheme seeks to train youth and graduates, who are between the ages of 16 and 25 and do not have jobs, acquire IT skills and run their own businesses.

GET-IT courses will focus on teaching practical solutions for businesses in finance, management, marketing and technology management.

“By providing IT technology, curricula and training for entrepreneurs, we aim to foster jobs and opportunities in Africa,” said Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General.

HP started the programme last year in 18 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and its new partnership with the UN will allow it to extend its reach in Africa.

“It is essential that UNIDO assists developing countries in Africa in educating their young generation in information technology and creating achievable prospects,” Mr. Yumkella noted.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

International Indigenous Portal Launches Logo Competition

UCTP Taino News – The International Indigenous ICT Task Force (IITF) launched their logo competition at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on April 22, 2008. The logo will form the basis of the visual identity of the “Indigenous Portal” at, the IITF’s premier project. The winning logo design will be published on the web site of the Indigenous Portal and will be used on publications and public information materials. The winning designer will receive an 80 GB iPod Classic, iPod microphone, and equipment warranty.

An international indigenous owned and operated initiative coming out of the World Summit on the Information Society, the Indigenous Portal is a way to share indigenous voices, traditions, perspectives on the internet in a way that supports the work of the global Indigenous community.

The competition is open to participation from Indigenous Peoples from around the world and entries can be electronic or made on paper [canvas A4 size] Artists can use ink, pencil, charcoal, crayon, water colour, marker, or any material that are available in their respective environments. The IITF is requesting that each design submitted should be accompanied by a brief description of the meaning on the back of the entry along with personal information name, age, gender, indigenous people to which the individual belongs, full address, country, phone number, fax, e-mail and other alternative contact information.

The Indigenous Portal Board will make the final selection of the entries assisted by the Regional Editors of the Portal, which now include the Pacific, the Caribbean, Russia, Asia, and the Arctic. Selection will be based on artistic expression, usefulness as a logo design, and how well the design captures the goals and objectives of Portal.

Design entries must be received before July 1st 2008. For further information on submissions visit the Indigenous Portal or email

UCTPTN 05.07.2008

Concurso de logotipo del Portal Indígena – Gane un iPod y un micrófono

El Portal Indígena necesita un logotipo. El logotipo formará la base de la identidad visual del Portal Indígena. Será publicado en el sitio web del Portal Indígena y se usará en publicaciones y en materiales de información al público. Los diseños artísticos ganadores recibirán un iPod Classic de 80 GB, un micrófono iPod, y la garantía de los equipos. El portal es un sitio para compartir voces, tradiciones y perspectivas indígenas de una forma que respalde la labor de la comunidad indígena mundial.

Requisitos del concurso
¿Quién puede participar?
Gente indígena de todo el mundo

Requisitos de la entrada:

La entrada puede ser electrónica o hecha en papel [tamaño canvas A4]. Puede usar tinta, lápiz, carbón, lápiz de cera, acuarela, plumón o cualquier material que pudiera tener en su entorno. No enmarque su obra. Cada diseño debe ir acompañado de una descripción breve del significado en la parte posterior de la entrada

Información personal:

Cada entrada debe tener la siguiente información en la parte posterior: nombre, edad, sexo, pueblo indígena al que pertenece la persona, dirección completa, país, número de teléfono, fax, correo electrónico y otra información alternativa de contacto.


Los diseños artísticos ganadores recibirán un iPod Classic de 80 GB, un micrófono iPod, y la garantía de los equipos.

Decisión sobre el concurso:

El Directorio del Portal Indígena hará la selección final de las entradas con la ayuda de los Editores Regionales del Portal

Criterios para la evaluación de las entradas:

Expresión artística, utilidad como diseño de logotipo para el Portal Indígena, determinar si se adapta bien al Portal y si captura las metas y los objetivos del Portal.


Envíe el diseño, con el formulario de inscripción, antes del 1 de julio de 2008 a la siguiente dirección:

Logo Competition
c/o Pacific Voices
2847 Waialae Ave 509
Honolulu HI 96826

Aceptaremos también entradas hechas en forma electrónica. Para más información, escríbanos a info-