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ICT Connectivity Infrastructure Day

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm ET 

Where: Room MC C1 - 200, with Video Conference, Webstreaming and Adobe Connect

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ICT infrastructure is having unprecedented impact on economic growth. In many countries, including Pakistan, Kenya, Senegal, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines, Cambodia, Moldova, Georgia, Morocco, Tunisia, private investment in ICT infrastructure represented more than 40 percent of total private investment in the past decade. More than half of the growth in per capita GDP in Africa between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s could be attributed to investment in ICT infrastructure. Moreover, a World Bank cross-country study showed that a 10 percentage-point increase in broadband infrastructure is associated with accelerating economic growth by 1.3 percentage points on average. Much of this high level of investment in ICT infrastructure directly resulted from policy reforms that liberalized markets and from technology breakthroughs in particular in mobile technology. Going forward, a second generation of reforms is needed to address challenges to existing policies and regulatory frameworks brought by new technologies, business models and market structures. 

Morning Sessions 1 and 2 of the program will focus on clarifying linkages between ICT infrastructure investment and economic growth, and on highlighting key aspects of the second generation reforms agenda that many countries need to sustain the high level of investment experienced over the last decade, and the associated economic growth.

Sessions 1 and 2 will feature:

· Discussion and debate of the World Bank’s Connectivity Infrastructure strategic pillar within the Bank’s new ICT Strategy

· Linkages between connectivity infrastructure policy and enabling environment interventions and economic development

· Internal knowledge sharing and brainstorming of the Bank's regional connectivity programs: challenges, lessons and identification of opportunities

Session 3 will continue as a lively discussion and debate of three leading connectivity policy issues impacting our clients and direction of the Connectivity practice.


8:00 – 8:15 Welcome and Introduction to the Day’s Events

8:15 – 9:15 Session 1: Review of Connectivity Practice

This session will consist of an internal, introspective review of the Connectivity practice complemented by internal knowledge sharing and brainstorming of the Bank’s regional connectivity programs: challenges, lessons and
identification of opportunities

Discussant: Richard Scobey, Sector Manager, Africa Region
                  Laurent Besancon, Program Coordinator ICT Sector, Africa Region

Moderator: Doyle Gallegos, Global Practice Leader Connectivity Infrastructure and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Sector Unit

9:15 – 9:30 Coffee break

9:30 – 10:15 Session 2: Internal discussion of Connectivity Infrastructure Strategic Plan

This session will focus on the ICT Strategic Plan Connectivity Section draft, consultation inputs, and proposed synthesis and redraft

Discussant: Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, infoDev

Moderator: Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, ICT Sector Unit

10:15–12:30 Session 3: Knowledge sharing and open debate session led by external thought leaders and practitioners

Part 1: Infrastructure sharing practices, challenges and policy implications


Daniel Leza, Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory, Telecommunications Management Group (TMG),
Carlos Rodriquez, Manager Regulatory Affairs, Telefonica International, USA

Moderator: Juan Navas-Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Sector Unit

Part 2: Net Neutrality – Point and Counterpoint Debate


o Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative

o Neil Chilson, Associate, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

o Jeff Campbell, Service Director, Technology and Trade Policy of Global Policy and
Government Affairs, Cisco

Moderator: Carlo Rossotto, MENA Regional Coordinator, ICT Sector Unit

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30- 2:30 Session 3: Knowledge sharing and open debate session led by external thought leaders and practitioners  (continued)

Part 3: Real life outcomes and lessons learned of a publicly funded build-out of a national backbone (Case Study: Rwanda / Korea Telecom)

Speakers: Dr. Hansuk Kim, Vice President of Korea Telecom

Moderator: Mark Williams, Senior Economist and Rwanda RCIP Program TTL, ICT Sector Unit

2:30 – 2:45 Session Wrap-up and Closing remarks 

2:45 - 3:00 Coffee Break


                  Special Sessions

12:30 - 2:00  The Future of e-Government:  The Singapore vision

 Room MC7 - 100

                    Keynote Speaker:  Seah Chin Siong, CEO, ICA International

                    Moderator:  Randeep Sudan, Lead ICT Policy Specialist

3:00 - 4:30    India e-Government Experience:  Transforming Public Services in India using ICT

                    Room MC C1 - 200

                    Keynote Speaker:  Shankar Aggarwal, Additional Secretary, Department of IT, 
of Communications and IT


                     Ranjana Mukherjee, Senior Public Sector Specialist, South Asia Region

                     Moderator:  Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, ICT Sector Unit, World Bank


Webstreaming: Watch live webcast of the sessions on your PCs, Blackberries or Apple devices (we will publish the actual webcast links there, once available).

Adobe Connect Webinar: Join the chat, follow the slides and pose questions while watching the webcast.
Chat Room link will be provided. (When entering as a guest, please type your full name and UPI)

Video Recording: Available after the sessions on the ICT Sector Unit website

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