Towards an electronic Government strategy for London

London Connects is a one-day conference - to be held at the British Library on Wednesday 11th October 2000 - which aims to promote the development of an electronic Government strategy for London.

Organised by the London Boroughs of Camden, Lewisham and Newham, and SLIM - the London Branch of SOCITM - the event is targeted at senior politicians and senior managers from all the London boroughs, and other major public sector organisations in the region.

As well as a host of interesting and informative speakers we are pleased to be able to confirm that Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London has confirmed that he will be attending and we look forward to welcoming delegates from all over London.

The conference will be broadcast live over the Internet by CommunicatingLive. Delegates will be able to watch the proceedings and participate via e-mail and discussion fora. CommunicatingLive is wholly owned by Lewis Live Ltd, a live events agency with over 20 years of experience in handling conferences and events for the public and private sector.



The conference is for Members and senior officers from all London boroughs, the Mayor of London and GLA, MPs and MEPs, and representatives from other public bodies and key voluntary sector organisations.

It aims to ensure that London citizens get the best from the Information Society by:

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Session 1 Chaired by Camden

Welcome and opening remarks

Councillor Jane Roberts - Leader of London Borough of Camden


Keynote Address
Better Services for Citizens, e-government for the 21st century

William Barker - Head of Public Sector Development Team at the Cabinet Office.


Connecting London - Primary Issues

Connecting London's Citizens:
· E-democracy
· Social inclusion
· Lifelong learning
· Community access

Mark Hepworth - Local Futures Group

11.05 Refreshment break - Courtesy of ONdigital

Connecting London Government

· Joining up services
· Customer access
· Organisational issues
· A network for London

Bernard Diamant -Chair and Steve Palmer - Secretary
- Society of London Information Technology Managers


Connecting with London Business - Key themes:

· A new environment for e-business
· E-commerce
· E-Procurement

William Heath - Kable

Session 2 Chaired by Lewisham

Keynote address

Ken Livingstone - Mayor of London


Agreement and signature of a London charter for e-government
Political session led by

Councillor Dave Sullivan - Mayor for London Borough of Lewisham

12:45 Questions from floor

Lunch - courtesy of Cisco Systems and ECsoft


Chocolates provided by Ntl

Session 3 Chaired by Newham
14.00 The contribution of European RTD policies to e-Government

Gérald Santucci - Head of Unit - Directorate General Information Society
The European Commission

Emerging Technologies - Delivering Services in 2005

Simon Culmer
- UK Operations Director for Government, Retail and Services
- Cisco Systems


Modernising and Connecting Government - How to Mobilise, Sustain and Measure Change

Professor John Benington - Warwick University

15.00 Refreshment break Courtesy of Ntl

London Connects, the way forward
- Vision, Strategies, Networks, Funding
Round table discussion introduced and led by

Councillor Sir Robin Wales - Leader of London Borough of Newham

15.45 Questions from floor
16.15 Closing Remarks
16.30 Conference close

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