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International Good Practice for Establishment of Sustainable IT Parks

Sponsor: Sustainable Development Network

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Information Technology (IT) Parks have been established to facilitate the development of IT industries that foster new business development and technological innovation. Given the complexity of these projects and scope of required investments, there is a pressing need for a synthesis of best practices and lessons learned both from success and failure.

This workshop will highlight some key findings from infoDev’s report “International Good Practice for the Establishment of Sustainable IT Parks and discuss the implications for World Bank / IFC operations and clients. The discussion will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What are the potential benefits and economic benefits to be gained from focusing on the IT sector?
  • What and how IT Parks have proven useful in fostering the development of the ICT industry?
  • What are the best models and investments required for establishing IT Parks? Are PPPs the best model?
  • What common principles and priorities can be gleaned that might help policy-makers create enabling conditions across a country that leverage the spill-over effects of IT Parks and expand on success?


Randeep Sudan

Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Global Information and Communication Technologies, World Bank


Mr. Roopen Roy, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt Ltd, Managing Director   download presentation

Mr. Roy is the Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting India and a member of Deloitte Consulting Global Leadership Team. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur India Institute of Management Calcutta, and Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar. Mr. Roy was the lead consultant who prepared this report of Global Best Practice on IT Parks.


Vincent Palmade, WB Lead Economist, Africa

Mr. Palmade is Lead Economist in the Financial and Private Sector Development group for the World Bank's Africa region. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2004, Mr. Palmade worked for twelve years with McKinsey and Company.

Manju Haththotuwa, WB Senior ICT Policy Specialist, South Asia

Mr. Haththotuwa is a thought leader in ICT-enabled development with over two decades of experience in Development, Engineering, ICT & Management Consultancy. He has held numerous positions, including the Chairmanship of leading private companies, as well as the Advisor to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka.

Alfred Jay Watkins, WB Science, Technology and Innovation Global Expert Team Coordinator (STITG)

Mr. Watkins is responsible for developing and helping to implement the Bank's STI program. Mr. Watkins has co-authored several publications on STI including "Science, Technology and Innovation: Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction".

Thursday, January, 29, 2009

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm ET

Location: MC13-121

1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.

This event is part of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Week: Enabling Development, which will take place during the week of January 26-29. The week builds on ongoing initiatives to mainstream ICT in World Bank Group operations. It is also an opportunity to disseminate ICT knowledge among our colleagues across the WBG, explore how we can leverage ICT to support the WBG's operations and, more broadly, its development mission.

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