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WSIS Forum 2011: Measuring the ICT sector for policy analysis

Geneva, Switzerland, Room IX, ILO Headquarters, 17 May 2011, 14h00-18h00



The session provided a brief overview of recent activities of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, including a progress report on e-government indicators. It also looked at the emerging issues to be included in its work agenda to advance ICT measurement.

The session then focused on the measurement of the ICT-producing sector and its importance for policy analysis. Following an introduction by UNCTAD, the OECD presented progress made in its work on ICT sector statistics. The Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication (Orbicom) presented the results of its research and training program entitled “Statistical Compilation of the ICT Sector and Policy Analysis” involving researchers and the statistical offices of five developing countries: Brazil, Cameroon, Egypt, India and Malaysia. Participants engaged in an active discussion with the panelists on the role of these statistics in policy making, and what lessons could be drawn with the aim to further develop the ICT sector in particular and national economies in general.


14:00-14:30 Launch of new Partnership publication: "Measuring the WSIS targets - A statistical framework"
14:45-15:15 Chair: Partner (Claude Akpabie, UIS)
  • Overview of recent Partnership activities - advancing the ICT measurement agenda (Susan Teltscher, ITU)
  • Progress report on e-government indicators (Makane Faye, ECA)
15:15-16:00 Featured topic: Measuring the ICT producing sector
  • Partnership intro (Torbjörn Fredriksson, UNCTAD)
  • Measuring the ICT sector in the OECD countries (OECD)
  • Introduction to the Orbicom project on measuring the ICT sector (Pierre Giguère, Orbicom)
  • Rosa Porcaro, Brazil
16:00-16:15 Discussion
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Chair: Albrecht Wirthmann, EUROSTAT

Measuring the ICT producing sector (cont.)

  • Olivier Nana Nzepa, Cameroon
  • Nagwa El-Shenawi, Egypt
  • Payal Malik, India
  • Ramasamy Ramachandran, Malaysia
  • Mark Uhrbach, Synthesis report, Orbicom
17:30–17:50 Discussion (moderated by George Sciadas, Orbicom)
17:50–18:00 Concluding remarks (by Steering Committee members)


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