WITSA Welcomes Emerge Partnership Intended to Foster Innovation and SME Growth

emerge-LoReWITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant  today welcomed the new Emerge Partnership, which was launched with a joint ‘Communiqué’ during Day 2 of ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Along with INTEL Corporation, Silicon Cape Initiative, UNICEF Innovation, , the ITU and other stakeholders, WITSA is excited to participate in this initiative which will focus on increasing the innovation capacity of small firms in the ICT sector, and encouraging the spread of digital social innovation (DSI) which is helping to improve lives. The partnership also seeks to enable entrepreneurial ecosystems which leverage a multitude of local, national and regional stakeholders, as well as the policy and resources needed to create and sustain private-sector and SME led innovation and economic growth.

WITSA was represented at the Emerge Partnership launch in Budapest by Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. Dr. Poisant also participated as a speaker  in several key sessions of the ITU Telecom World 2015.

"Facilitating cooperation and partnership between WITSA, the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, and key stakeholders from the United Nations organizations and Intergovernmental Organizations, the ICT industry, private sector companies, academia/research institutions, incubator/hub managers, development/innovation practitioners, aid agencies/donors, private/public sector procurement specialists, and investors will provide an excellent opportunity to identify the best approaches to fostering entrepreneurship and SMEs, and access to affordable and reliable ICT as a key enabler of business and socio-economic development", stated Dr. Poisant. "I believe this Partnership can be crucial in building developing countries’ capacities to design and implement relevant policies and legal frameworks that maximizes the benefits of the Digital Age and in reaching national and international development targets such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals".

The Emerge Partnership calls to action with the following key objectives:

  1. Mobilize a group of key partners who are supporting national, regional and international ICT innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  2. Enhance dialogue between partners, other key stakeholders in the ecosystem and government policy makers.
  3. Share and promote partner initiatives and best practices related to national, regional and international ICT innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  4. Define critical government policies that enable ICT innovation.
  5. Identify funding and investment models utilized by successful innovation ecosystems.
  6. Intelligence gathering, research and analysis to inform policy-making and project implementation, including sharing knowledge and experiences across countries and regions.
  7. Support to existing networks of stakeholders by providing an international platform to address key challenges and seize opportunities.
  8. Awareness-raising of importance of ICT innovation for Sustainable Development, and support needed for ICT-related small businesses.

For more information, see: http://www.emergepartnership.org/

The WITSA press release is also available in PDF format.

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

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