India Global ICT Forum 2013
ICT innovations are playing an integral part in India’s emergence as a fast growing and inclusive economy. The India Global ICT Forum organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in partnership with CMAI Association of India and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), was declared open on 6th May 2013 at the India International Centre by Prof. Tim Unwin, Secretary General, CTO and N K Goyal, President, CMAI India.
The Forum provided participants from across the Commonwealth with important insights into India’s ICT innovations and the ways in which these technologies, products and services can be applied to other parts of the world. During the Forum, senior Indian public sector officials, as well as leading figures from Indian industry, and representatives from other Asian and African countries, reflected on the opportunities in the ICT sectors in their countries, and the potential to develop collaborative partnerships.
Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India delivered the guest of honour address that focused on some of the challenges that India has faced, and how the country has overcome these challenges. The chief guest address was delivered by Anil Kaushal, Member (Technology), Telecom Commission, Government of India who presented the steps India has taken over the years in establishing its presence globally as an ICT leader. This achievement was made possible by implementing multiple projects across India, enhancing the access to and utilisation of ICTs for the benefit of the Indian population.
With some 50 delegates in attendance from across the world including Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mozambique, Ukraine, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the UK, representing ministries, regulators, ICT implementing agencies, the private sector and Universal Service and Access Agencies, the event provided a platform to exchange views and build relationships.
Over three days, the event examined the key drivers for innovation and delved deeper into the impact new technologies will have on the end user. Key sessions of the event included:
- Universal Service Funds: An Enabler for Local Innovation;
- Creativity, Leadership and Entrepreneurship;
- Diverse Routes to Innovation;
- Serving the Last Customer.