WITSA Chairman Mr Santiago Gutierrez today signed a key Memorandum of Understanding with Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, signaling several key areas of cooperation. Mr. Gutierrez alsoparticipated as a panelist in the official launch of UNCTAD's Information Economy Report 2015: Unlocking the Potential of E-commerce for Developing Countries.
"It was a great honor for me to sign this important agreement with Dr. Kituyi today", said WITSA Chairman Gutierrez. "This milestone agreement is the culmination of extensive discussions between WITSA, Dr. Kituyi and Mr Torbjörn Fredriksson of UNCTAD's Division on Technology and Logistics, dating back to WITSA's World Congress on Information Technology held in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 29 to October 1 last year," continued Mr. Gutierrez.
"Facilitating cooperation and partnership between WITSA, the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, and UNCTAD, the UN focal point on matters related to ICT sector development, e-commerce and related aspects of the digital economy, is a milestone achievement which will enhance international dialogue on issues related to ICTs for development, and aid in the building of developing countries’ capacities to measure the information economy and to design and implement relevant policies and legal frameworks that maximizes the benefits of the Digital Age", said WITSA’s Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.
"The objective of this MoU is to explore, develop and collaborate on potential activities between UNCTAD and WITSA that mutually advance the missions of both organizations," continued Dr. Poisant. The MoU outlines three key areas of cooperation:
- Knowledge building: collaboration in the area of ICT data collection and dissemination; joint research activities in order to identify policy recommendations that enable optimal leveraging of the capabilities of the global ICT industry in promoting sustainable development by generation of business opportunity and creation of jobs; and sharing of case studies on relevant topics for consideration in UNCTAD's Information Economy Report.
- Capacity building: Undertaking joint activities to build the capacity of national IT and software associations, especially in developing countries; organizing joint regional meetings aimed at bringing senior government representatives and senior IT sector representatives together to enhance public-private dialogue related to ICT sector development in developing countries; and raising grants to support joint activities.
- Conferences and events: Sharing information regarding upcoming activities; jointly participating in and speaking at WITSA and UNCTAD conferences, expert meetings and other events related to ICT for development; partnering in the organizing of events concerning areas of mutual interest; and identifying potential speakers for their respective conferences and events.
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.
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