UNCTAD Expert Meeting

In support of the implementation and follow-up of WSIS
Using ICTs to achieve growth and development
Jointly organized by UNCTAD, OECD and ILO

4 - 5 December 2006, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Organized in the framework of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up and implementation, this meeting will showcase the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on economic development and growth with a view to encourage action at the national, regional and global levels to implement the WSIS outcomes. It follows up on the outcomes of the WSIS Thematic Meeting on the "Economic and Social Impact of ICTs" held in Guatemala in January 2005.


To present and discuss the latest empirical evidence on the impact of ICTs on firm productivity and competitiveness, trade, employment and, as a result, accelerated economic growth, in particular in developing countries.

  • To contribute to the debate on the role of ICTs for poverty reduction, in the context of the follow-up to the World Summit held in New York in September 2005.

  • To provide policy makers with hard facts about the benefits of ICTs for economic development, to better target national and global policy formulation.

  • To contribute to the WTO discussions on e-commerce and the impact of ICTs on multilateral trade agreements.

  • To mainstream gender issues into the discussion.

  • To consider the impact of ICTs on business sectors, such as trade finance.

  • To provide a basis for inputs to the Information Economy Report 2007.


Experts from both developed and developing countries, representatives of governments, the civil society, the academia and the private sector involved in the knowledge-based economy research and policy making.


For substantive questions about the Expert Meeting contact the UNCTAD ICT and E-business Branch or Diana Korka, Assistant Economic Affairs Officer, at .

For more information about the Expert Meeting, including nominations, participation and registration, please consult the official expert meeting website.

A copy of the completed registration form should be sent to:

UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10
fax: +41 22 917 0056
e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org

Registration form: (pdf) or (png) (English); (pdf) or (png) (French)

Map of the UN Palais des Nations: (png) or (jpg) format.

Hotel list: (Excel) or (Openoffice 1.0) or (OpenDocument) format

Map of hotels near the UN Palais des Nations: (png) or (jpg) format. 


Non-English documents are available from the official UNCTAD Expert Meeting webpage.

Background documents and publications from the co-organizing organizations are available on the Links page.

ICT and E-business Branch, Division for Services Infrastructure for Development and Trade Efficiency
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