Connectivity, Meaningful Access and Inclusive Growth in Developing Countries

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Session 236

09:00–10:45, Monday, 12 June 2017 Room C2, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

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Whether it’s in the underpinning infrastructure for economic and social progress or in providing tools for programmes in sectors such as health, safety and disaster relief or education, the value of ICTs and the Internet cannot be understated. This value has only grown with time, due to ongoing innovations that continue to improve technology, increase bandwidth, and enable new services, business models, and investments.  These developments are transforming every organization, institution, community, and help to accelerate the achievement of the development agenda for 2030, and further the WSIS Action lines for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

This workshop seeks to provide speakers and attendees with an integrated view of the lessons learned from local and regional projects aimed at advancing the development agenda by enhancing connectivity, adopting digital technologies, and encouraging public/private partnerships and investments. By exploring the opportunities and challenges developing countries face while implementing these projects, participants will exchange experiences and share perspectives on related dialogues taken up in various policy arenas.

A number of representatives of governments, business, civil society and technical community, especially from developing countries, will participate in an interactive panel discussion on furthering the WSIS Action Lines. Panelists will share their experience in leading / cooperating on projects to expand connectivity and adopt digital technologies. Discussion will outline creative and collaborative solutions to social and economic issues that foster inclusive growth and ensure deployment and development of digital technologies that address developing country needs.


Mr Virat Bhatia, Vice-Chair, ICC Commission on the Digital Economy and President IEA, South Asia Region, AT&T


  • Ms Veronica Boateng, Director of Applications, National Information Technology Agency, Ghana
  • Mr Michael Ilishebo, Cybersecurity Expert (Law Enforcement Officer), Zambia Police Service
  • Distinguished representative of the Government of India
  • Ms Carolina Rossini, Public Policy Manager, Global Public Policy, Facebook
  • Mr Mongi Marzoug, Vice President, Internet and Sustainable Energy Governance, Orange
  • Ms Ritu Srivastava, Assistant General Manager, Research & Advocacy, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)
  • Ms Jennifer Chung, Director of Corporate Knowledge, DotAsia Organization
  • Mr Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C7 e-Emp logo C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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