UNCTAD and WITSA sign MoU to assist developing countries to benefit from ICTs

DSC_0797Efforts to boost the local information and communications technology industry in developing countries gained new ground today as UNCTAD and the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The event took place at a ceremony at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on the occasion of the launch of UNCTAD's Information Economy Report.

The MoU was signed by Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, and Mr Santiago Gutierrez, Chairman of WITSA, who pledged to deepen collaboration between their organizations in this area of mutual interest.

The partnership comes at a fortuitous time as new information and communications technologies stand poised to transform trade and economic activities in many developing countries. But, tapping the full potential of information and communications technology (ICT) for development requires strong multi-stakeholder and cross-sectorial cooperation as well as public-private partnership.

DSC_0783Capitalizing on their individual strengths and competencies, the collaboration between UNCTAD and WITSA will give particular attention to activities that support and strengthen the IT sectors in developing countries, including collection and dissemination on ICT data, joint research, building the capacity of national IT and software associations, and organizing expert meeting and other event related to ICT for development.

The partnership comes at a fortuitous time as new information and communications technologies stand poised to transform trade and economic activities in many developing countries. But, tapping the full potential of information and communications technology (ICT) for development requires strong multi-stakeholder and cross-sectorial cooperation as well as public-private partnership.

Capitalizing on their individual strengths and competencies, the collaboration between UNCTAD and WITSA will give particular attention to activities that support and strengthen the IT sectors in developing countries, including collection and dissemination on ICT data, joint research, building the capacity of national IT and software associations, and organizing expert meeting and other event related to ICT for development.

See the UNCTAD coverage here

See the WITSA press release here.

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