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ICT for Competitiveness and Innovation

Partnership between the Sustainable Development and the Finance and Private Sector Development Networks 

When: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET 

Where: Preston Auditorium, with Video Conference, webstreaming and Adobe Connect

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Innovation is redefining the economic landscape, and impacting every sector and every organization. Information and Communication technologies (ICT) are at the heart of innovation and competitiveness enhancement strategies. The ICT for Competitiveness and Innovation Day will focus on learning from a diverse range of leading private and public sector organizations that are harnessing the benefits of ICTs to promote innovation. The event will present two panel discussions on strategies for IT-based job creation and fostering start-ups and entrepreneurship for innovation, and looking at examples of how emerging nations are innovating with ICTs. The closing session will discuss implications for the way forward in The World Bank Group. 


2:00 - 2:10  Welcome and Introduction
                  Philippe Dongier, ICT Sector Manager, World Bank

2:10 - 2:45  Setting the Scene:  Shapes and Strategies for ICT enabled Growth

The expansion of global connectivity is opening up new possibilities in the developing world to grow IT-based industries and knowledge-base in science, technology and innovation. This session will set the scene for further discussions during the day by elaborating how the global market for such services is shaping up appropriate strategies such as cluster competitiveness for fostering development, determining indicators for benchmarking competiveness, and how countries compare with each other as competitive locations.


· Janamitra Devan, Vice-President, Finance and Private Sector Development,
World Bank
· Randeep Sudan, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Unit, World Bank
· Johan Gott, Manager of the Global Services Location Index, A.T. Kearney

2:45 - 3:45 Session 1: Strategies for ICT-enabled Competitiveness and Job Creation

IT-based industries offer huge opportunities for developing countries to enhance incomes and grow employment. Given the importance of skills development for realizing the full potential of IT-based services and innovative spill-overs to other sectors, the session will focus e.g. on approaches from India relating to rural BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), talent development strategies from Mexico and how governments can support employment through seed funding.




· Jim Jaffe, President and CEO, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, USA
· Madan Pataki, Co-Founder & CEO, MeritTrac Services Pvt. Ltd. India

· Raul Gonzalez, COO MexicoFIRST

· Lena Ng, Director, Infocomms & Media, International Enterprise Singapore

 Moderator: Randeep Sudan, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Unit, World Bank

3:45 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:15 Session 2: Promoting Start-ups and Entrepreneurship

Developing countries are emerging as hot spots for new and innovative ideas using ICT. Fostering entrepreneurship and launching successful technology start-ups is still a challenge. The session will focus on how developing countries could learn from experiences around the world, and benefit from emerging knowledge ecosystems that connect innovation globally. Insight will be on right policies, new incubation models, innovative financing approaches and future skills development in promoting technology start-ups and fostering entrepreneurship.


· Sean Greene, Associate Administrator,Small Business Administration, USA
· Thomas Andersson, President, International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED)
· Jukka Salminiitty, Director of FinNode - network of Innovation Hubs, Finland

Moderator: Valerie D'Costa, Program Manager infoDev , FPD

5:15 - 6:00  Closing Session: The Way Forward for the World Bank

Moderator:   Randeep Sudan, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Unit, World Bank
Rapporteur:   Ilari Lindy, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, ICT Unit, World Bank 


•   Paulo Correa, Lead Economist, ECSF1
•   Esperanza Lasagabaster, Sr Financial Economist, LCSPF
•   Simon Bell, Sector Manager, MNSED
•   Ismail Radwan, Lead Private Sector Development Spec, AFTFW
•   Manju Haththotuwa, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, SASFP

Webstreaming: Watch live webcast of the sessions on your PCs, Blackberries or Apple devices at (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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