WITSA Calls for Partnerships with Governments to Connect the World

MEDIA RELEASE

  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominating Committee

Mr. Tarek M. Abdel Monem Taha, Chairman, Nominating Committee
EITESAL – Egypt

 

 

Members of the Nominating Committee
Mr. Yannis Sirros, WITSA Chairman
Mr. Sean Seah, Deputy Chairman/Finance Committee Chairman
Mr. Julian David, Vice Chairman
Dr. Boris Komrakov, Vice Chairman
Mr. Alberto Patron, Vice Chairman
Ms. Angela Mondou, Vice Chairman
Mr. Shahid-Ul-Munir, Vice Chairman
Mr. Zoran Lazarevski, Vice Chairman
Mr. Matthias Ifesieh, Vice Chairman

 

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Mr. Santiago Gutiérrez, Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee
CANIETI – Mexico

The Strategic Planning Committee was formed on December 1, 2020 by the WITSA Board of Directors. The Strategic Planning Committee will work with WITSA’s Secretariat to establish a three-year Strategic Plan to be approved by the WITSA Board of Directors and updated each year.  The Committee will monitor, review and update the Strategic Plan on biannual basis. Members of the Committee shall include the WITSA Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee Chairman, Treasurer, and Regional Vice Chairmen.

Business Development Committee

Mr. Brian Shen, Chairman, Business Development Committee
CISA – Taiwan

The Business Development Committee was formed on December 1, 2020 by the WITSA Board of Directors. The focus of the Committee is to create business development opportunities and identify new streams of revenue. Members of the Committee include the WITSA Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Business Development Committee Chairman, Secretary General, Treasurer, the Regional Vice Chairmen. 

Minutes from January 27, 2021 Business Development Committee Meeting

Agenda: March 4, 2021 Meeting (8am-9:30am EST)

WITSA Elects New Officers for the 2020-2022 Term

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 3, 2020

Contact:  Anders Halvorsen | ahalvorsen@witsa.org | +1 571 265-5964

 

Fairfax, Virginia: At its Board of Directors meetings on December 1, 2020, the World Information Technology and services Alliance (WITSA) voted on a new slate of officers for the 2020-2020 term.

Joining WITSA’s Chairman, Mr. Yannis Sirros,  Mr. Sean Seah representing the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) was elected WITSA’s Deputy Chairman, who will serve in the absence of the Chairman, assuming all appropriate responsibilities. WITSA also elected eight Regional Vice Chairmen, who will be WITSA’s front-line representatives in their respective regions as well as conduits for new members joining WITSA.

Additionally, WITSA established two new committees that will be crucial to WITSA’s future: The Business Development Committee (BDC) and the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC).

Mr. Brian Shen of the Information Service Industry Association of Taiwan (CISA) will chair the Business Development Committee, which will be responsible for identifying new streams of revenue such as regional events, new memberships, grants and supporting existing WITSA programs, to include educational offerings, WITSA’s Business Excellence Certification program, WITSA’s Global Partnership programs, WITSA’s World Congress on IT, and other related activities with the express purpose of sustaining existing sources of WITSA’s revenue and creating new revenue sources in the near and long term in order to ensure WITSA’s financial sustainability.

Mr. Santiago Gutierrez of  the Mexican National Chamber of Electronics, Telecoms and IT Enterprises (CANIETI) will chair the new WITSA Strategic Planning Committee, which is responsible for increasing the global brand of WITSA as the Voice of the Global ICT Industry, contributing to WITSA’s long-term sustainability, establishing and implementing strategies for WITSA increase its relevant and valuable to WITSA members around the world.

Ms. Angela Mondou, the CEO & President of TECHNATION Canada, will Chair WITSA’s Global Policy Action Committee (GPAC), with a particular responsibility to ascertain and promote important issues affecting the global use of ICT as it relates to government policies.

Mr. Sean Seah of PIKOM, Malaysia, was re-elected as Chairman of WITSA’s Finance Committee, which is to oversee financial planning, prepare annual budgets for board approvals, financial management, ensure assets are protected,  and the drafting of fiscal policies.

Dr. Boris Komrakov of InfoPark, Belarus, was re-elected to lead WITSA’s Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources, which is responsible for understanding the problems, issues and roadblocks contributing to the shortage of ICT workers as they relate to education and training; identifying programs, curriculum, best practices, and opportunities as they apply to addressing the problems of the global ICT worker shortages.

Finally, Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha of the Egyptian Information Telecommunications, Electronics and Software Alliance (EITESAL), was elected Chairman of WITSA’s Nominating Committee, which is tasked with soliciting candidates for WITSA’s Board of Directors and Chairman.

“On behalf of the WITSA Secretariat, I wish to congratulate the new WITSA Officers upon their successful election”, said Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “We look forward to working with the new leadership to take WITSA to the next level”.

A list of the newly elected WITSA officers is provided below. WITSA also recently elected a new Chairman and Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. Please see that press release on the WITSA website at https://witsa.org/witsa-elects-new-leadership-for-the-2020-22-term-selects-mr-yannis-sirros-as-its-first-chairman-from-europe/.

Chairman

Mr. Yannis Sirros (SEPE Greece)

WITSA Deputy Chairman

Mr. Sean Seah, The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)

WITSA Regional Vice Chairmen:

Regional Vice Chairman for Africa:
Mr. Matthias Ifesieh, ITAN, Nigeria

Regional Vice Chairman for Middle East and North Africa:
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha, EITESAL, Egypt

Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (EU & EEA):
Mr. Julian David, techUK, United Kingdom

Regional Vice Chairman for Europe (Non-EU):
Mr. Zoran Lazarevski, MASIT, Republic of North Macedonia

Regional Vice Chairman for Latin America:
Mr. Alberto Patron, CESSI, Argentina

Regional Vice Chairman for North America:
Ms. Angela Mondou, TECHNATION, Canada

Regional Vice Chairman for Asia-Pacific:
Mr. Md. Shahid-Ul-Munir, BCS, Bangladesh

WITSA Committees

Finance Committee:
Mr. Sean Seah (PIKOM, Malaysia)

Global Policy Action Committee:
Ms. Angela Mondou (TECHNATION, Canada)

Committee on Education, Training and Human Resources:
Dr. Boris Komrakov (InfoPark, Belarus)

Nominating Committee:
Eng. Tarek Abd-elmonem Taha (EITESAL, Egypt)

Strategic Planning Committee:
Mr. Santiago Gutierrez (CANIETI, Mexico)

Business Development Committee:
Mr. Brian Shen (CISA, Taiwan)

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 hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

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