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Training Workshop for South Asia: Mobile Applications

Description: 'Explosive' is the only way to describe mobile phone growth. Over half of the world's 6.5 billion people now use a mobile and over 60 percent of mobile phone users live in developing countries. Mobile-based innovations are quickly emerging as the new frontier in transforming government, health, banking, education and many other sectors due to fast growing penetration of mobile phones even in the poorest and remotest areas of the globe. Many services can be now made available on a 24x7x365 basis at any place in the world covered by mobile networks, which today means almost everywhere. Through mobiles, for the first time ever, many public and private services have now reached poor households and communities. The demand for mobile applications is fast picking up in developing countries, especially in South Asia. The multitude of highly innovative applications have been developed for social payments and financial inclusion for the unbanked poor, phone based information services for farmers and fishermen, locations based medical services and monitoring and data collection in the health sector,  to name a few. However, the enormous potential of mobile devices for transforming delivery citizen services is still largely untapped.

This workshop aims to raise awareness of World Bank Group staff working in the South Asia Region of the transformational role mobile technologies can play in improving service delivery, efficiency and transparency of governments.  The workshop will show-case mobile-enabled innovations in a number of sectors and will identify emerging lessons learned and ways to scale up for achieving operational efficiencies and development impact.

Speaker Profiles


Day 1: June, 8th 2010

All times New Delhi local (GMT+5:30)

Session 1: Opening Remarks & Keynotes


Session Chairs: 

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Opening Remarks

Deepak Bhatia, Lead eGovernment Specialist, WBG 

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Keynote Address

Krishnan Dharmarajan, Department of IT   download presentation
Ashis Sanyal, Senior Director, Department of IT, Govt. of India

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Session 1: Overview of Mobile-based Innovations and Enabling Environment

Session Chair: Tenzin Norbhu, Senior ICT Policy Specialist

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Overview of the Key Trends in Mobile Applications 

 Fiona Smith, Programme Manager - GSMA Development Fund
  download presentation

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Mobile Applications Flagship Analytical Report

Siou Chew Kuek, CITPO, WBG   download presentation

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Regulatory Aspects of Mobile Applications

Rajendra Singh, Senior Regulatory Specialist         

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Mobiles in Governance

R. Ramaseshan, Managing Director, CEO of the National
Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX)   download presentation

3:45 PM – 4.00 PM


4:00  PM – 4:15 PM

Coffee Break



Session 2: Mobile Innovations in Social Protection – an Overview of Financial Services delivered through Mobile Applications


Session Chair: Rajendra Singh, Senior Regulatory Specialist


4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Overview of the existing scenarios for the delivery Financial Services delivered through Mobile Applications 

Greg Chen, Regional Representative for South Asia, CGAP  

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4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Dr V.P Gulati, Vice President and Head TCS Business Domain
Academy  Tata Consultancy Services

5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Q & A




Day 2: June 9, 2010


Session 3: Mobile Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development


Session Chair: Parmesh Shah, Lead Rural Development Specialist    


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Mobile Applications in Agriculture

Amit Mehra, Managing Director, Reuters Market Light, Reuters Thompson   download presentation

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Mobile Applications in Rural Development for Inclusive Growth

Jatin Singh, Skymet   download presentation

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Q & A

Commentary by:Parmesh Shah, Lead Rural Development Specialist

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break


Session 4: Mobile Applications for Better Governance


Session Chair: Deepak Bhatia, Lead eGovernment Specialist, WBG


110:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Overview of e-Governance services delivered to citizen using the Mobile platform

Mr. Vijay Sai-Account Director, OnMobile   download presentation


Case Study on e-Governance and Mobile Governance in Kerala

Mr., Sanjay Vijayakumar, MobME Wireless Solutions(P) Limited, Co-Founder and CEO
Sabarish Karunakaran, Mission Co-Ordinator, Kerala State IT Mission

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Q & A


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM



Session 5: Mobile Innovations in Health



2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Framework for the Telemedicine and e-Health Applications

Case Study by Click Diagnostic, Inc.  

Mridul Chowdhury, CEO and Co-founder   download presentation

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM


Nandu Madhava   download presentation

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Technological Challenges and Approaches to Deploying Mobile Technologies for Public Health Information Systems

P. Saptarishi, Director R&D HISP India
Brajesh Murari, Senior Software Developer, HISP India
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3:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Government Programs Executive, IBM India

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3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Q & A


3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Coffee Break


Session 6: Mobile Innovations in Education


Session Chair: 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


4:30 PM – 4:50 PM

Reaching out to Transform Education  

Neel Ratan, PWC   download presentation 
Robert Hawkins, Senior Operations Officer

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5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Break-out Groups -> TTLs in Groups of 3 to discuss Lessons learnt and Ways to do Differently and then Report Back their views on how Mobile applications can be integrated into WB projects


5:35 PM – 6:00 PM

Final Remarks &Wrap-up

Comments by :

Deepak Bhatia, Lead eGovernment Specialist, WBG

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