The session focused on the opportunities that information and communication technologies (ICT) can provide for economic development, and on how to overcome the problems encountered by developing countries in trying to reap the benefits of ICT. The possibility of leapfrogging directly to new generations of information technologies provides a unique opportunity to catch up with leaders in the field. The current divide between developed and developing countries in terms of access to and use of ICT calls for immediate action, as this divide can further marginalize developing countries. Both national and international actions are required. Comprehensive national strategies for ICT and e-business should provide for supportive legal and institutional frameworks to encourage investment in ICT, for ensuring the availability of ICT infrastructure in remote and rural areas, and for including IT training in the curricula of public educational institutions.
More information can be found in the programme of the event.