The 11th WTIS will be opened by high-level representatives from the Government of Mexico and ITU:
Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU - [biography]
Mr José Ignacio Peralta, Undersecretary of Communications, Mexico -
Speech - [biography]
Mr Gabriel Contreras Saldivar, President, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico - [biography]
Dr Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape, President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico - Speech - [biography]
Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, C-SAM - [biography]
Chair of the WTIS:
Luis Lucatero, Chief of Regulatory Policy, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico - [biography]
High-level panel on ICTs, MDGs, and the post 2015 development agenda
International development goals are necessary to direct global attention to pressing development challenges, stimulate development efforts, identify targeted interventions, as well as set measurable targets and monitor progress. Various processes are on-going regarding the post 2015 development agenda and the discussion on new development frameworks. The report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda has called, among others, for a data revolution taking advantage of new technology and improved connectivity. The main objective of this panel is to explore some of the lessons learnt from the MDG process, which need to be taken into account in the post 2015 development debate, including the role of ICTs, in particular with respect to identifying measurable targets and concrete indicators that can be used to monitor progress.
Questions to be addressed:
What are some of the key emerging issues that need to be considered in the post 2015 development agenda? What role do ICTs play in the post MDG period in support of the RIO+20 framework, including issues related to environmental sustainability, peace and security?
What are some of the lessons learnt from the MDG period which need to be considered in the debate on the post 2015 development agenda?
How can the monitoring of goals, and official statistics, contribute to their effective implementation?
How do ICTs contribute to international development goals and targets such as those set by the Millennium Development Summit and sustainable development goals?
What are emerging data issues in the post 2015 development agenda? What kind of data revolution is required to support the monitoring of goals and enhance policy making?
, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, C-SAM - [biography
, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University -
High-level panel on innovative ICT strategies for the information society, and the role of monitoring
ICTs have been recognized as an important development enabler and Target 8F of the MDGs makes specific reference to ICTs. A set of specific international ICT targets to be achieved by 2015 were identified by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 and by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development in 2010. The main objective of this panel is to debate the role of ICT for development, review ICT-related development goals and targets, and point to key lessons learnt. It will also highlight emerging trends in ICT developments, discuss possible future goals and targets and the important role of data and indicators. As the main forum for global ICT statistics, the WTIS plays a central role in providing input to the ongoing ICT for development debate and in highlighting the key role of monitoring, target setting and tracking.
Questions to be addressed:
What progress has been made and which lessons have been learnt in efforts to attain the targets set by the World Summit on the Information Society and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development?
What innovative policies have helped to stimulate growth and investment in the ICT sector?
Which are emerging ICT4D issues that should be targeted in future international debates?
Which ICT data will be required to monitor such goals and targets?
Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU - [biography]
H.E. Mr Makame Mnyaa Mbarawa
, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Tanzania - [biography
Carlos Raúl Gutiérrez
, Vice Chair, REGULATEL - [biography
, Board Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) - [biography
Mónica Aspe Bernal
, Coordinator for the Information Society, Ministry of Communications and Transport, Mexico - [biography
Carlos Slim Helú, President, Carlos Slim Foundation - [biography]|
Coffee break and group picture|
High-level panel on national coordination and enhancing dialogue between data producers and data users
For countries to produce harmonized, comparable and meaningful statistics, national coordination between the different ICT statistics users and producers, including the ICT Ministry, the regulatory authority and the national statistical office, is of great importance. The main objective of this session is to raise awareness about national coordination in the area of statistics, to allow countries to share experiences and benefit from each other’s experience, and to provide an international forum for debate. The session will present different ways of establishing national coordination mechanisms to ensure the efficient and timely production of ICT statistics.
Questions to be addressed:
- How can the dialogue between data users and producers be effectively implemented at the national level? What are some of the obstacles that need to be addressed?
- How can ICT statistical production be effectively integrated into national statistical strategies?
- What are some best practice examples (from the ground) of national coordination on statistics in general, and on ICT statistics in particular?
Adriana Labardini, Commssioner, Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT), Mexico - [biography]
, Director General, Statistics Finland - [biography
Eduardo Sojo Garza Aldape
, President, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico - [biography
Jose Ramon Albert
, Secretary General, National Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines - [biography