Building Vibrant ICT Centric Innovation Ecosystems - Session1: An insight into “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation”

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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Session 208

09:00–10:45, Monday, 19 March 2018 Room C1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Related Links 

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Accelerating Digital Transformation

The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is acknowledged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, stating “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge societies.”

Innovation has been recognized as a powerful engine for development to address social and economic challenges and steer global concerns for policy makers and citizens alike. Innovation is also essential to accelerating digital transformation and fosters the sustainable growth for the digital economy.

This session will focus on the main highlights of the evidence-based research carried out by world renowned scholars on ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation from various aspects such as governance, education, job creation, industrial transformation and socio-economic growth through digital and emerging technologies in the converged ICT ecosystem. Successful partnership and approaches among multi-stakeholders will be explored and debated on the opportunities and challenges for accelerating digital transformation through ICT-centric innovation in cross-sectors or industries from finance, education to health among many others, in order to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Chief Innovation and Partnership, ITU


Opening remarks

  • Dr. Eun-Ju Kim, Chief Innovation and Partnership, ITU

Keynote speaker

  •  Mr Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group

ICT④SDGs SDGs: main findings and future research

  • Dr Ahmad Reza Sharafat, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
  •  Dr George Barker, London School of Economics (LSE), UK

Partnerships for Dynamic Digital Ecosystem

  • Dr Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Programme Manager Research, SPIDER – The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, Stockholm University
  • Ms Sonja Betschart, Co-Founder and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer, WeRobotics
  • Ms Sylvia Cadena,Head of Programs, APNIC Foundation

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 C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • 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

Innovation is cross-cutting and impact all above WSIS  Action Lines

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Innovation, Partnership and Global Collaboration


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