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ICT & Economic Growth

ICT.3 : What we know about ICT and economic growth?
Tuesday, 06 October 2009, 16:30 - 18:00, Room F

Much has been written about the importance of ICT and broadband for economic growth and social improvement. However, empirical studies linking ICT deployment and adoption to job creation and economic growth are just recently being undertaken since ICT and broadband are still at relatively early stages of their development. It took decades before the full economic impact of railways and electricity in the 19th century and telephones and computers in the 20th century were felt and could be documented. This session examines the state of what is known about the impact of ICT and broadband.
KEY QUESTIONS: - What do we know about the link between ICT and broadband and economic activity and growth? - What are some of the studies or data linking ICT and economic growth? - What factors most affect the adoption and use of ICT? - What are the salient facts to present to a governmental actor (e.g. Minister) considering ICT? - What questions can be identified for future research?

* Prof. Diane Coyle, Forum Advisory Committee Member, Professor, Enlightnment Economics, United Kingdom

* His Excellency Mr Mohammad Nuh, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Indonesia
* His Excellency Mr Ray Anthony Roxas Chua-III, Chairman, Telecommunications Office, Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Philippines
* Mr Andrew W. Wyckoff, Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD , France
* Mr Mark Williams, Economist, World Bank Group , World Bank