(From left to right): Honorable Señora Margarita Cedeno De Fernandez, H.E. Mr Philip Paulwell M.P., Joslyn Read, Pablo Bello, Miguel Raimilla, Kenneth Sylvester, Francesca Ceca Bianchi, Rafael Maradiaga
Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ict Vice-President for Institutional Relations
The Summit is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama. Connect Americas is part of ITU's Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015.
Agenda: Thursday, 19 July (09:30 - 10:45)
INTERACTIVE PANEL 2: DIGITAL INCLUSION - GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS
Access to infrastructure is central to achieving the goal of digital inclusion, enabling universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and services for all. Digital inclusion is fundamental to building inclusive societies, in line with national and international development goals. Digital inclusion means that indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, women, girls, youth and children can use accessible and affordable ICTs as tools for their social and economic development.
Promoting accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities, can unleash vast untapped markets. Ensuring that women and girls are well-prepared and encouraged to take up careers in the ICT sector can play a fundamental role in youth employment strategies. Using ICTs to provide vocational and life skills training to indigenous peoples empowers these communities.
Regulators and policy-makers face the challenging task of ensuring affordable access to ICTs and digital inclusion, while at the same time creating and maintaining investment incentives for all market participants. This session will identify the policy, regulatory and business strategies that can address some of the toughest issues facing political and business leaders alike.
Honorable Señora Margarita CEDEÑO DE FERNÁNDEZ, Primera Dama y Vicepresidenta electa, Dominican Republic
2007 ITU Award for digital inclusion
o H.E. Mr Philip Paulwell M.P., Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica
o Rafael Maradiaga, Executive Secretary, COMTELCA
o Joslyn Read, Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, O3b Networks, United Kingdom
o Miguel Raimilla, Executive Director, Telecenter.org Foundation
o Kenneth Sylvester, CEO, Caribbean Knowledge & Learning Network
o Pablo Bello, Secretary-General, Asociación Iberoamericana de Centros de Investigación y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (AHCIET)
The overall objective of the Connect Americas is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to close Information and Communication Technology gaps in the region. The Summit offers a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional financing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships. It is preceded by a preparatory process during which ICT development projects and project holders are identified, as well as partners and donors willing to contribute to the implementation of the selected projects, with a view to enhance the deployment of ICT networks, applications and services within the region.
The Summit features discussion panels and roundtables focusing on the challenges posed to emerging and transition economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. Bold decisions and commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges.The Summit will welcome:
Detailed Summit agenda can be viewed here: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/americas/programme.asp?Language=en
Press Release issued by ITU: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/48.aspx
Visit the Summit website: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/americas/overview.asp