World Development Report 2016 - Geneva launch co-hosted by The World Bank Group and UNCTAD
01 February 2016
10:00–12:00 hrs., Room XXV, Floor 1, Door E40, Building E, Palais des Nations
Switzerland

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The World Bank Group and UNCTAD are co-hosting the launch of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends.

The report examines how the Internet can be a force for development, especially for the poor in developing countries.

While the report documents many profound and transformational effects of digital technology, it finds that the broader benefits have fallen short and are unevenly distributed.

The report argues that to ensure that everyone benefits, technology adoption will not be enough.

Countries will need to address the "analogue components", for example by strengthening regulations enabling firms to connect and compete, adapting worker's skills to the demands of the new economy, and ensuring that institutions are accountable.

The report partly draws on research undertaken by UNCTAD in the area of the development implications of ICT.

 

Welcome:

  • Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Presentations:

  • Deepak Mishra, Co-Director, World Development Report 2016

  • Tim Kelly, WBG Lead ICT Policy Specialist and contributor to WDR 2016

Discussants:

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU

  • Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD

  • Michael Kende, Chief Economist, Internet Society

Moderator:

  • Selina Jackson, Special Representative to the UN and the WTO, World Bank Group

 

The Economics of the Internet
 

 

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