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OpCl. 2 : Open Summit: ICTs for economic growth
Monday, 05 October 2009, 16:00 - 18:00, Room A, B & C

The global financial crisis has caused economic growth to slow or to reverse, proving especially hard for the poorest countries and individuals. The worst recession in eighty years has increased the pressure to generate fresh economic growth, with ICTs recognized as playing important roles both as a sector in its own right and as an input to other sectors. Some countries are making significant investments in ICTs as an economic stimulus, to create jobs and to boost the economy. Yet growth has to be both economically and environmentally sustainable.
KEY QUESTIONS: - How can ICTs contribute to accelerating economic growth? - What can governments to do or not do to maximise economic growth from ICTs? - Does the recession delay the achievement of the ICT Millennium Development Goals? - How has the global financial crisis changed the goods and services that customers are willing to pay for?

* Mr Adrian Finighan, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN, United Kingdom

* His Excellency Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister, Minister, Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Australia
* His Excellency Dr H.E. Dr Tarek Kamel, Minister, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
* Honourable Mr Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information , National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, United States
* Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises, India
* Mr Rajeev Suri, CEO , Nokia Siemens Networks, Finland
* Mr Chiaki Ito, Member of the Board and Vice Chairman, Fujitsu Ltd, Japan
* Mr Mark Pecen, Vice President, Advance Technology, Research in Motion Limited, Canada