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GPATS 2013 Program Announced: Spotlight on Effective Public Policies to Deliver the Promises of the Digital Age

São Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian Association of Information Technology Companies (ASSESPRO) and the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) today proudly announced a detailed program for the 2013 Global Policy and Trade Summit (GPATS 2013). This prestigious event is slated to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from November 12th to 13th at the Rebouças Convention Center.

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“This will be the first time that this event will be held in Brazil, which demonstrates Brazil’s leadership within the Information and Communications Technology industry; as well as government policy”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “This Summit will provide a global platform to discuss such issues as government’s role in promoting the use of ICT, examples of public-private partnerships and future trends”, continued Dr. Poisant.

“With the theme ‘Effective Public Policies to Deliver the Promises of the Digital Age’, GPATS 2013 will put a spotlight on national digital agendas and the importance of sound public policies”, stated GPATS 2013 Chairman Roberto Mayer. “This biennial event will bring together global stakeholders from industry, academia, government, institutions and civil society to identify solutions that help spread ICTs to all segments of society, and to rich and poor countries and markets around the world, such that the benefits made possible from the digital age can be realized by everyone”, continued Mr. Mayer.

The program will cover a number of policy themes that present the most pressing challenges that our industry is facing today, including:

• Why ICT Matters

• Policy Frameworks that Deliver the Promise of the Digital Age

• Internet Governance at a Crossroads

• Cyber Immune System

• The importance of Free Trade Policies in ICT Goods and Services to Deliver the Promise of the Digital Age

• Measuring the IT Industry Globally

• Innovative applications of Technology by Youth

The detailed public program is avaliable at http://www.gpats2013.org and http://www.witsa.org. “Early

Bird” Registration goes until August 18th at USD 118.00 – on-place registration will be USD 590.00. To register, access http://www.gpats2013.org/web/inscricoes.

GPATS 2013 delegates will have the opportunity to see, hear and engage in a dialogue with representatives from governments, international organizations and ICT industry executives. In parallel with GPATS 2013, WITSA will organize an international trade mission to Sao Paulo (contact: Ms. Jeralyn

Quinsayas: jquinsayas@witsa.org). The event will also take place in conjunction with the International Technology Fair (iTech; see. http://www.itechfair.com.br/).

At the conclusion of GPATS 2013, WITSA will also announce a Declaration with an updated set of recommendations on national policies.

About ASSESPRO

Founded in 1976, Assespro is among the oldest assocations of IT Companies in the world. Assespro currently has over 1400 companies from the ICT sector as its members. For more information, please see http://www.assespro.org.br

About WITSA

Founded in 1978, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a leading consortium of ICT industry association representing members from almost one hundred countries and economies. WITSA’s members represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.

As the leading recognized voice of the global ICT Industry, WITSA is taking a proactive role in fulfilling the promise of the Digital Age, wherein everyone on earth derives benefits from Information and communications technologies. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

About GPATS

The Global Policy and Trade Summit (GPATS) is a signature event of WITSA aimed at enhancing international dialogue and global cooperation on key public policy issues that affect the growth of the ICT industry and use of ICT. Between 300-500 senior industry executives, government officials and policy makers from across the globe gather at this event every two years to share information and discuss how governments, industry and other stakeholders can work together to facilitate the growth of ICT for the benefit of everyone.

In attendance are internationally recognized organizations such as the World Bank, WTO, ICANN, ITU, IGF and the OECD, as well as governments, industry, academia and civil society.

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