World Summit on the Information Society Thematic Meeting on the Economic and Social Implications of ICT
17 - 19 January 2005
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Key Issues

Organized jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the meeting will allow governments, the private sector, workers and civil society to examine policies and practices that permit enterprises to employ ICTs as effective productivity enhancing tools, and do so in a socially responsible manner.

To achieve its aim the thematic meeting will:

  • Address the impact of ICTs on economic performance and trade competitiveness of developing countries;
  • Explore policies and best practices to enable enterprises – and particularly SMEs - to rise their productivity and competitiveness through the use of ICTs;
  • Review strategies to integrate SMEs into national and international supply chains using modern communication technologies;
  • Examine the impact of the enterprises’ structural changes on local, national and international labour markets and identify strategies to ease the transition.

The outcome of the meeting will provide practical suggestions on policies and programmes that can help countries to utilise ICTs for effective poverty eradication through the growth of economically sustainable enterprises and the quality employment they generate. This will permit policy makers to integrate ICTs into the broader MDG agenda.

For more information, please read the Information Note and consult the Provisional Agenda


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