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ICT & Economic Growth

ICT.1 : ICT as a transformational infrastructure of infrastructures
Tuesday, 06 October 2009, 09:00 - 10:30, Room B

ICT and broadband connectivity has become a 21st century essential infrastructure just as transportation and energy were essential to the economic and social growth of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, ICT, including broadband networks (fixed or mobile), broadcasting, the internet, computing devices, applications and services are increasingly becoming the enabling infrastructures driving economic growth and supporting social goals such as education, health care delivery, social inclusion and public safety.
KEY QUESTIONS: - Why is ICT so critical to other key infrastructures? - What are some specific examples of how ICT has improved economic growth? - How can ICT improve the delivery of social services such as education and health care? - What type of ecosystem is needed to foster the deployment and further adoption of ICT? - What are the biggest barriers to ICT fulfilling its promise to facilitate growth and social benefits?

* Mr Bosco Eduardo Fernandes, Chairman, ITU TELECOM Forum Adivsory Committee and Vice President, BU & IM Industry Relationship, Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

* His Excellency Ambassador Philip Verveer, United States Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, United States Department of State, United States
* Mr Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group, Norway
* Mr Satoshi Miura, President & CEO, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation - NTT , Japan
* Ms Helen McDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Industry of Canada, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, Canada
* Mr Sriram Viswanathan, Vice President, & MD, Intel Capital, GM, WiMAX Program Office, Intel Corporation, United States
* Mr Pascual Garcia Alba, Chief of Staff for Undersecretary of Communications, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, Mexico