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ICT & Economic Growth

ICT.2 : Using ICT as a stimulus: Stories from around the world
Tuesday, 06 October 2009, 14:30 - 16:00, Room F

Countries across the world have developed economic stimulus programs to address the global recession. Many of these stimulus plans incorporate ICT, including broadband, as key elements designed to create jobs, create platforms for innovation, attract investment and drive new economic actitivity. This session examines different approaches taken in different countries with what types of results.
KEY QUESTIONS: - How have different countries incorporated ICT into their stimulus packages? - What role does broadband play in the stimulus packages? - Are there specific programs targeted to rural areas? - What are the different approaches taken in emerging and developed economies? - How are the programs funded? - What role is government playing? Innovative regulation or government funding? - What are the expected outcomes in terms of jobs and investment?

* Mrs Walda Roseman, Forum Advisory Committee Member, CEO, CompassRose International, Inc., United States

* Dr J.S Sarma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), India
* Mr Keng Thai Leong, Deputy Chief Executive and Director General, Telecoms, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), Singapore
* Prof. Toshio Obi, Forum Advisory Committee Member, Director, ITU-Waseda ICT Research Center, Waseda University, Japan
* Mr Tad Deriso, President and CEO, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative - (MBC), United States
* Mr Ken Ducatel, Head of Unit, European Commission , EC
* Mr Bruno Lippens, Senior Investment Manager, Sector & Theme Funds Team, Pictet Funds S.A., Switzerland