September 17, 2015: ASSESPRO and Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) on September 17, 2015 made a presentation on the 2016 World Congress on IT (WCIT Brazil) before the Parliamentary Committee on Science, Technology, Research and Innovation at the Brazilian House of Representatives. The Committee was presided by Mr Izalci Lucas (PSDB / DF) - WCITI Brazil. The WCIT is the largest industry ICT event in the world and will take place for the first time in South America, on October 3-5, 2016, in Brasilia.
WCIT 2016 is expected to bring together over 2,500 people from 82 countries, to discuss with global industry leaders such as Vint Cerf (Google), Alan Marcus (World Economic Forum), Randeep Sudan (World Bank) George Newstrom (DELL) , global issues impacting communication, health, education, innovation and other key topics affecting society.
"As host of the 20th World Congress on IT, Brasilia and Brazil can benefit from more than $ 17 million injected into the local community through local tourism promotion; above average economic development; partnerships and professional relationships that the WCIT platform offers by integrating various segments of the industry, investors, governments; press, academia and civil society; International investments; and exposure in the world media, "said James Poisant.
The president of the Parliamentary Committee stressed the importance of the event to leverage projects for the development of technology and the local economy. "We have almost a year to work on the Digital City Technology Park project. The WCIT is a unique forum to present it to potential investors. It is a dream we have been building since 2004 and which could be realized as a result of this event", said Izalci Lucas.
Rep Roney Nemer (PMDB / DF) spoke about the need to engage local entrepreneurs in the event and highlighted the leadership role that Brasilia takes to organize an global ICT event such as WCIT 2016. "Brasilia will receive extensive publicity in connection with the many country representatives attending the WCIT next year, which takes place in South America for the first time, and we have to take advantage of this opportunity. We have innovative and fast-growing companies in town and must ensure that they are engaged. We (MEPs) have to collaborate and make available whatever resources are necessary for the event to be successful, "he said.
James Poisant analyzed the current situation of Brazilian politics and pointed investments in IT as a promising guideline. "Hosting a world congress, getting decision makers, opinion leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the four corners of the world can leverage significantly the ICT industry and Brazil"
Poisant added that he is convinced that investing in the digital age and innovation is the best investment any government can be involved with. "The WCIT is a unique opportunity to engage stakeholders in an important discussion on how to significantly improve the lives of millions of people," he concluded.
The public hearing on the WCIT 2016 was also attended by representatives of the Ministries of Communications and Labor; Softex, the Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur), Secretary of Tourism of the Federal District - partner of the WCIT since its inception; Terracap; and representative bodies of the national IT industry such as Brasscom, ABES, Confap, FENAINFO, Capes, Abiquim; Abipit and others.