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Facilitation meeting on 'Measuring the impact of ICTs'

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 May 2009

 

During the WSIS Forum 2009, the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development organized a facilitation meeting on 'Measuring the impact of ICTs'.

 

Click here for the summary report (pdf format)

 

Background

The demand for information and communication technology (ICT) statistics has risen sharply as countries recognize the benefits and potential of ICT as a tool for social and economic development. To reap the benefits of the rapidly changing information society, governments need to monitor and benchmark progress in ICT indicators with a view to designing and reviewing national policies and strategies. They also need to measure the impact of ICTs in their countries.

This event presented a global overview of progress made towards measuring the information society and highlighted recent work carried out by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development to improve the availability of ICT data for effective ICT for development policy making. This was followed by a panel debate on measuring the impact of ICTs on social and economic development, introduced by the OECD, leader of the Partnership Task Group on Measuring Impact.

 

Program
11:00-11:05 Opening remarks by the Chair, Torbj÷rn Fredriksson, Officer-in-Charge, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD.
11:05-11:20 Progress in Measuring ICT for Development, Susan Teltscher, Head, Market Information and Statistics Division, ITU
11:20-12:00 "Measuring the impact of ICT"
  • Vincenzo Spiezia, Head, Information and Communication Technologies Unit, OECD

Lead discussants

  • Mario Cimoli, Officer-in-Charge, Innovation and ICT Unit, Division of Production, Productivity and Management , UN-ECLAC
  • Country representative (tbc)
12:00-12:25 Open discussion
12:25-12:30 Closing remarks

 

If you need any further information, please contact emeasurement@unctad.org or indicators@itu.int.

 

 

 

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