Global ICT Excellence Awards 2021: Call for Nominations

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance is excited to announce the 2021 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards program!  The Global ICT Excellence Awards will be presented in conjunction with the WCIT 2021, to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from November 11-14, 2021.

Nomination forms and additional details can be found here

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WITSA Calls for Partnerships with Governments to Connect the World

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January 22, 2021

Contact:  Dr Jim Poisant M: +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today published a statement of policy entitled “The Role of Government in Connecting the World – an Industry Perceptive”. The paper makes the case that, in a Digitally driven world economy, the need to fully join the Digital Age is no longer just a smart thing to do, -it is required for a nations’ future. It is up to governments, in partnership with industry and other stakeholders to shape e-commerce and the digital economy by adopting rules that favor the adoption of ICTs and economic growth. In many developing countries, this is an enormous challenge that will involve reforming existing policies, laws and regulations in many areas.

“The pandemic has highlighted the glaring need to bridge the digital divide, both within and across countries, given the crucial role the digital economy has played during the crisis”, said WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to improve the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Governments, the private sector, international organizations and citizens must take up the challenge of increasing digitalization and dare to make a difference” continued Mr. Sirros. “The moment is now!”

“Unfortunately, the digital economy is still relatively unchartered territory in many emerging countries around the world, and policies and regulations are failing to keep pace with the ever-accelerating digital transformations taking place”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “It is imperative that government leaders, in cooperation and partnership with the private sector embraces and employees the use of Digital technologies”, continued Dr. Poisant. “ICT must be at the core all of decision made by government leaders.”

The full statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link. 

 About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

WITSA Congratulates President Biden

January 20, 2021

 

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Biden:

On behalf of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), we congratulate you on winning this important election and on having been inaugurated as the 46th United States President.

Looking ahead and facing the wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic, it is more important than ever for the United States to provide global leadership on a range of issues affecting its national prosperity, including international trade, climate change, sustainability, rule of law and support for a rules-based global economy.

WITSA is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. We are dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services. On this basis, we are looking forward to becoming a partner with your Administration on policies that foster greater opportunity for families across all communities, in the United States as well abroad. From closing the digital divide to investing in research and development to a renewed collaboration with allies to achieve U.S. trade, economic, and national security objectives, our industry is committed to working constructively with yours to ensure that the United States adopts policies that support the well-being of all Americans as well as people around the world.

WITSA envisions itself as the leader in Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age for everyone. Your engagement with the wider world, including government and business leadership working together is indispensable to this effort. Such a comprehensive multi-stakeholder strategy will need to build upon America’s strengths in its innovation, entrepreneurship, know-how, educational system and world-class work force. It should seek to further leverage business to reinforce your global leadership and effectively engage with multilateral institutions for international rules that support business innovation and competitiveness. It should also insist that those institutions become more accountable to and inclusive of key global stakeholders, including the private sector, in pursuit of shared goals and values.

It is our mission to promote and facilitate the global growth of the ICT industry through public policy development and advocacy, and the promotion of global trade and investment. WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

We are ready to work with your Administration to realize the Promise of the Digital Age to everyone -in America and around the world- and to reap the gains from participation in global markets and trade, to advance sustainable development, and to deliver benefits in the form of jobs and opportunities in the U.S. and beyond. These objectives should be pursued together as the U.S. moves to build forward better and stronger, in partnership with its allies worldwide.

Respectfully

Yannis Sirros
Chairman
Dr. Jim Poisant
Secretary General
 

 

 

 

 

 

WITSA Highlights the Positive Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis

January 15, 2021

Contact:  Dr Jim Poisant M: +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

 

WITSA Highlights the Positive Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis

Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) today published a statement of policy entitled “The Impact and Contributions of ICT During a Time of Global Crisis: Embracing Digital Technology in the New Normal”. The paper takes stock of how our industry has stepped up to the task during the crisis. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, changes have taken place in our homes, our workplaces, our governments, businesses, meetings, education, travel, our healthcare system to include medical research-thus we have adopted new ways to conduct our lives-this is our new normal.

The paper shows that the pandemic has forced an exponential growth in and usage of digital technologies, leading to a “new normal” that fully embraces digital transformation and opening the door to the 4th Industrial Revolution and the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the growing utilization of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless technologies, among others.

“Sooner than later, the COVID-19 virus pandemic will go down in history among other global catastrophes”, said WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros. “The most important question is how the world will recover and learn from this crisis and prepare for the next one. The digital technology industry can support society’s prosperity, drive economic growth and promote innovation, introducing a new digital future, all over the world”, continued Mr. Sirros.

“Among all the lessons derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, none is more important than stressing the importance of ICT development”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “Crises will come and go but falling behind in the Digital Age will cast nations into perpetual poverty and hardship”, continued Dr. Poisant. “Catching up is quite possible if nations act NOW with a sense of Urgency. As a matter of fact, now is the best time for nations to leapfrog ahead in their quest to become Digital nations and Digital Citizens.”

The full statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link: https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WITSA-COVID19-Report-2021.pdf

 About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

WITSA Vice Chairmen: Regions

Note: The country listings below reflect socio-political as well as geographic classifications and are tabled as such exclusively delineate areas of responsibilities among WITSA Regional Vice Chairmen.

Europe: EU/EEA

Country Membership Status
Austria N/A
Belgium N/A
Bulgaria Associate
Croatia N/A
Cyprus Associate
Czechia N/A
Denmark N/A
Estonia N/A
Finland Associate
France Associate
Germany N/A
Greece Member
Hungary N/A
Ireland N/A
Italy N/A
Latvia N/A
Lithuania Associate
Luxembourg N/A
Malta N/A
Netherlands Associate
Poland N/A
Portugal Associate
Romania Member
Slovakia N/A
Slovenia N/A
Spain Member
Sweden N/A
Iceland (EEA) N/A
Lichtenstein (EEA) N/A
Norway (EEA) N/A

 

WITSA Regions – Europe: Non-EU/EEA

Country Membership Status
Albania Associate
Armenia Member
Azerbaijan N/A
Belarus Member
Bosnia & Herzegovina N/A
Faroe Islands N/A
Georgia N/A
Greenland N/A
Israel N/A
Kazakhstan Associate
Kosovo Associate
Kyrgyzstan N/A
Moldova Associate
Monaco N/A
Montenegro N/A
Republic of North Macedonia Member
Russia Member
Serbia Associate
Switzerland N/A
Tajikistan N/A
Turkey Associate
Turkmenistan N/A
Ukraine Member
United Kingdom Member
Uzbekistan N/A

 

Not listed due to small population/size: Andorra, San Marino

 

Middle East/North Africa (MENA)

Country Membership Status
Afghanistan Associate
Algeria Associate
Bahrain N/A
Egypt Member
Iran N/A
Iraq N/A
Jordan Member
Kuwait N/A
Lebanon Associate
Libya N/A
Mauritania N/A
Morocco Associate
Oman N/A
Pakistan Associate
Palestine Associate
Qatar N/A
Saudi Arabia N/A
Sudan N/A
Syria Associate
Tunisia Associate
Turkmenistan N/A
United Arab Emirates N/A
Western Sahara N/A
Yemen N/A

 

Africa

Country   Membership Status
Benin West Africa N/A
Burkina Faso West Africa N/A
Cape Verde West Africa N/A
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) West Africa N/A
Gambia, The West Africa Associate
Ghana West Africa N/A
Guinea West Africa N/A
Guinea-Bissau West Africa N/A
Liberia West Africa N/A
Mali West Africa N/A
Mauritania West Africa N/A
Niger West Africa N/A
Nigeria West Africa Member
Saint Helena (UK) West Africa N/A
Senegal West Africa Associate
Sierra Leone West Africa N/A
Togo West Africa N/A
Angola Central Africa N/A
Cameroon Central Africa N/A
Central African Republic Central Africa N/A
Chad Central Africa N/A
Congo, Rep. (Brazzaville) Central Africa N/A
Congo, Dem. Rep. (Kinshasa) Central Africa N/A
Equatorial Guinea Central Africa N/A
Gabon Central Africa N/A
São Tomé & Príncipe Central Africa N/A
Burundi East Africa N/A
Comoros East Africa N/A
Djibouti East Africa N/A
Eritrea East Africa N/A
Ethiopia East Africa N/A
Kenya East Africa Member
Madagascar East Africa N/A
Malawi East Africa N/A
Mauritius East Africa N/A
Mozambique East Africa N/A
Réunion (France) East Africa N/A
Rwanda East Africa N/A
Seychelles East Africa N/A
Somalia and Somaliland East Africa N/A
South Sudan East Africa N/A
Tanzania East Africa N/A
Uganda East Africa N/A
Zambia East Africa N/A
Zimbabwe East Africa Associate
Botswana Southern Africa N/A
Lesotho Southern Africa N/A
Namibia Southern Africa Associate
South Africa Southern Africa Associate
Swaziland Southern Africa N/A

 

Asia-Pacific

Country Membership Status
American Samoa N/A
Australia Associate
Bangladesh Member
Brunei Darussalam N/A
Bhutan N/A
Cocos (Keeling) Islands N/A
Cook Islands N/A
China N/A
Christmas Island N/A
Fiji N/A
Micronesia, Federated States of N/A
Guam N/A
Hong Kong Member
Heard Island and McDonald Islands N/A
Indonesia Member
India Associate
Japan Member
Cambodia N/A
Kiribati N/A
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of N/A
Korea, Republic of Member
Lao People’s Democratic Republic Associate
Sri Lanka Member
Marshall Islands N/A
Myanmar Member
Mongolia Associate
Macau N/A
Northern Mariana Islands N/A
Maldives N/A
Malaysia Member
New Caledonia N/A
Norfolk Island N/A
Nepal Member
Nauru N/A
Niue N/A
New Zealand Associate
French Polynesia N/A
Papua New Guinea N/A
Philippines Member
Pitcairn Islands N/A
Palau N/A
Reunion N/A
Solomon Islands N/A
Singapore Member
Thailand N/A
Tokelau N/A
Tonga N/A
Timor-Leste (East Timor) N/A
Tuvalu N/A
Taiwan Member
Vietnam Associate
Vanuatu N/A
Wallis and Futuna N/A
Samoa N/A

 

North America

Country Membership Status
Canada Member
Mexico Member
United States Associate

 

Latin America

Country   Membership Status
Belize Central America N/A
Costa Rica Central America Member
El Salvador Central America Associate
Guatemala Central America Associate
Honduras Central America N/A
Nicaragua Central America N/A
Panama Central America Associate
Argentina South America Member
Bolivia South America N/A
Brazil South America Member
Chile South America Associate
Colombia South America Member
Ecuador South America Associate
French Guiana South America N/A
Guyana South America N/A
Paraguay South America Associate
Peru South America N/A
Suriname South America N/A
Uruguay South America N/A
Venezuela South America Associate

 

Caribbean

Country Membership Status
Anguilla N/A
Antigua and Barbuda N/A
Aruba N/A
Bahamas N/A
Barbados Associate
Belize N/A
Bermuda Member
British Virgin Islands N/A
Caribbean Netherlands N/A
Cayman Islands N/A
Cuba N/A
Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) Associate
Dominica N/A
Dominican Republic N/A
Haiti Associate
Grenada N/A
Guadeloupe N/A
Jamaica N/A
Martinique N/A
Montserrat N/A
Puerto Rico N/A
Saint-Barthélemy N/A
Saint Lucia N/A
Saint Kitts and Nevis N/A
Saint-Martin N/A
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines N/A
Trinidad and Tobago Associate
Turks and Caicos Islands N/A
United States Virgin Islands N/A