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CBS-2018 Programme




MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2018
​09:00 - 09:45
Opening ceremony 
  Chair of CBS 2018: Mr Fabricio Gómez Mazara, Member of the Board of Directors, INDOTEL
​​09:45 - 10:00
Group photo 
​10:00 - 10:30Press conference (only for media) 
​10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
​​10:30 - 12:30
Session 1: Setting the scene: skills requirements for the digital transformation 

Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and big data analytics are creating a new digital ecosystem that is transforming our way of life. While the digital transformation brings productivity gains in private and public sectors and improves human wellbeing, it is also disruptive. In particular, it creates new skills requirements and renders some existing skills obsolete. This session unpacks the digital transformation environment, reveals key digital technology trends, and discusses the related skills requirements. It also looks at how organizations, both private and public, need to adapt and compete in this environment. ​ 

Moderator: Dr Maurice McNaughton, Director, Centre of Excellence for IT-enabled Innovation, Mona School of Business & Management, Jamaica ​- [biography​]

12:30 - 14:00Lunch break
​14:00 - 15:30 Session 2:​ Policy implications for achieving the SDGs in a digital world

Capacity building is a cross cutting theme in all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In an evolving digital world, the knowledge and ability to leverage digital tools across all sectors is therefore required to achieve the SDGs. The session looks at how sectoral policies need to adapt in order to achieve sustainable development in the digital era and what kind of skills will be required. The discussion will also look at the impact of ICTs on the education system under SDG4, as the foundation stone for developing a digital citizenry.  

Moderator:​ Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Department of Projects and Knowledge Management, ITU​ ​- [biography]

​​15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
​​16:00 - 17:30 Session 3: Innovative approaches to teaching and learning: the role of academic institutions in building a workforce fit for purpose

The changing skills requirements in a digital economy require a workforce with different skills sets from the ones held today. Therefore, higher-learning institutions, such as universities, need to adapt their teaching methodologies in order to produce graduates who meet these skills requirements. Universities need to also respond to the learning needs of the digital citizen, and leverage digital tools for learning. The session discusses changes that are taking place in the learning landscape as a result of the digital transformation and how academia, in particular universities, have responded and/or should respond to meet the demands of the digital era.

Moderator:​ Mr Enrique Shadah, Head, Strategic Relationships, Office of Digital Learning, MIT, United States ​- Presentation[biography​] 

​19:00 - 21:00 Cocktail hosted by INDOTEL in the Fiesta hall at the Jaragua Hotel ​

TUESDAY, 19​ JUNE 2018 ​
09:00 - 10:30
Session 4: Leveraging partnerships in capacity building for the digital era
Strengthening capacities and developing digital skills will require action to be taken by the national, regional and global community. The outreach and impact of such initiatives is greatest if implemented through partnerships involving different players in the ICT ecosystem. This session takes a look at how ITU can work with partners from within its stakeholder community – including government, industry and academia partners – to respond to the skills requirements of the digital era. ITU and partners will showcase existing capacity building and training initiatives and explore what action needs to be taken going forward. 

Moderator:​ Mr Jean Marie Altema, CEO, profIT Development Consulting, Haiti ​- [biography] 

Launch of the ITU publication
The session will also feature the launch of the second edition of the ITU publication “Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment”. The publication serves as a successful example of ITU’s collaboration with academia.
​​10:30 - 11:00  Coffee break
​11:00 - 12:30 
Session 5: Challenges and opportunities faced by LDCs, SIDS and LLDCs and implications for capacity development 

Small island developing states (SIDS), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and the least developed countries (LDCs) face unique challenges when it comes to digital development, which may preclude them from participating in the global digital economy and society. Some notable challenges are linked with connectivity, small market size, geographical dispersion, or lack of access to submarine cables. This session is dedicated to discussing these challenges and the type of skills needed to solve them, and how these countries can be assisted to develop the required skills. The session will also explore concrete training and capacity building initiatives and solutions that have been implemented successfully to address these challenges.

Moderator:​ Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Department of Projects and Knowledge Management, ITU ​- [biography]     


​​12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break​ 
​​14:00 - 15:30 
Session 6: Identifying core skills required for the digital economy

While most analysts agree that the large majority of future jobs require some digital skills, there is a need to further examine those skills requirements and identify the core skills that will be sought after across different economic sectors. This session will bring together representatives from academia and industry to discuss the most pressing skills requirements for the digital economy. Representatives from Universities will highlight how their programmes respond to developing skills in core areas, including AI, IoT, cybersecurity and data science as well as Internet governance​. Industry representatives will share their views on core skills required in their sector and initiatives taken to strengthen those skills. ​

Moderator:​ Dr Susan Teltscher, Head, Human Capacity Building Division, ITU ​- [biography]  

15:30 - 16:00Coffee break
​16:00 - 17:30
Session 7: Developing skills for an inclusive digital society​

While much attention is being paid towards building a digital work force fit for purpose, there are large segments of the population that remain excluded from the digital society. These include rural and underserved communities, poor and marginalized groups, people with specific needs, youth and the elderly. This session will look at regional and national skills development programmes specifically addressed to ensure digital inclusion of all citizens, and present concrete case studies and projects.​

Moderator:​ Mr Bruno Ramos, Regional Director, ITU Office for the Americas Region ​- [biography] 

18:30 - 20:30Tour and visit to the INDOTEL Digital Republic Center​​

WE​DNESDAY, 20 June 2018
09:00 - 11:00
​Session 8: Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital era

ICT is a key driver of productivity and innovation and many startup companies focus on ICT-related products and services. New technologies are also harnessed to develop digital tools and applications to promote learning and education. This session will focus on the digital skills required to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in the digital economy. It will bring together young entrepreneurs from all over the world who will share their ideas and innovations and discuss key success factors and skills requirements in a data-driven digital economy.  

Moderator:​ Mr Santiago Reyes-Borda, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada ​- [biography]

​​11:00 - 11:30 
Coffee break
​​11:30 - 11:45 Presentation of awards  
​11:45 - 12:00Chair’s summary conclusions
​​12:00 - 12:30  Closing ceremony