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WSIS follow-up Action Line Facilitation Meeting on E-business: Interactive Panel Debate on E-business and Poverty Alleviation
20 May 2009
Room C2, International Telecommunication Union

Key Issues

As part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2009, UNCTAD, together with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), has organized the fourth WSIS follow-up Action Line Facilitation Meeting on "E-business".

The meeting will be held in conjunction with a number of WSIS-related events and the annual session of the Commission on Science and Technology, scheduled between 18 and 29 May 2009 in Geneva.

The interactive panel debate will discuss how use of ICT by businesses can contribute to poverty reduction and how governments, international agencies, the private sector and civil society can contribute to this end.

It will seek answers to the following questions, inter alia:

  • What are the main ways in which greater use of ICT by businesses can reduce poverty?

  • What ICT applications (mobile telephony, PCs, the Internet, broadband) may be the most effective in this regard?

  • What role can government policies play?

  • How can relevant international agencies take poverty alleviation more into account?

  • How to ensure that e-business and ICT are properly reflected into assistance development programmes?

The debate is open to all WSIS stakeholders interested or involved in the fields related to e-business and the information economy more broadly.

Information about registration is available at: www.itu.int

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