• The project started in 2000 with a pilot phase in 4 countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania). Full scale implementation began in 2001.

• Regional meetings have been held in Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (EMCCA), and Central America (as of June 2005).

• CIEN has been implemented in 43 countries – 35 in Africa and 8 in Central America:

o 1,141 people have been directly involved through national stakeholder meetings
o 686 officials have received training on access to information using the Internet
o 95 computers have been provided to countries

• CIEN has increased awareness of the Internet as a tool to obtain specialized and authoritative information that can support decision-making; for example it can help verify that a national commodity meets the requirements of an importing country’s chemical residue limits, thus assisting trade.

• Participants in CIEN have found themselves empowered and inspired to increase their knowledge and to establish partnerships.

• In some countries CIEN has strengthened the national chemical management decision-making structure.

• As of June 2005, 9 countries had used CIEN as the backbone for their information system under the national Implementation plan (NIP) of the Stockholm Convention.

• CIEN has provided training in Web design and enabled the creation of chemical information Web portals.

• An ESTIS server has been installed in Benin, that will enhance the capacity of countries to build their own Web page, create their Web sites and facilitate creation of national and sub-regional networks.

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