Bhutan seeks so­lu­tion to har­ness full, po­ten­tial of ICT

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“Min­is­ters gath­ered here in Bu­dapest has a very im­por­tant role to play in shap­ing com­mon vi­sion and seek so­lu­tion on how to har­ness the full po­ten­tial of ICT to achieve higher de­vel­op­ment goals, which in Bhutan is re­ferred to as in­creas­ing the well­be­ing of peo­ple and cre­at­ing con­di­tions whereby peo­ple can pur­sue hap­pi­ness. This state­ment was made by the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Min­is­ter, DN Dhungyel at the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union ( ITU) in Bu­dapest Hun­gary on Oc­to­ber 12.

Speak­ing at the event, the min­is­ter echoed things on in­no­va­tive ICT so­lu­tions, which can be re­al­ized only through pro­mo­tion of dig­i­tal en­trepreneur­ship”. He also stated that “con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion and sup­port from other coun­tries is very crit­i­cal for small de­vel­op­ing coun­tries like Bhutan, which is con­straint with high in­ter­net cost and re­li­a­bil­ity of con­nec­tiv­ity be­cause of ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tions”.

The In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) opened in Bu­dapest for ITU Telecom World 2015, the global ICT in­no­va­tion event for SMEs, cor­po­rates and gov­ern­ments. The event kicked off with a spec­tac­u­lar Open­ing Cer­e­mony, in the pres­ence of H.E Vik­tor Or­bán, Prime Min­is­ter of Hun­gary, ITU Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, Houlin Zhao, and a host of other dis­tin­guished high-level par­tic­i­pants span­ning gov­ern­ment, industry and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of many global SMEs and start-ups.

The event com­prised over 230 ex­hibitors, spon­sors and part­ners from over 40 coun­tries, with the Fo­rum and Lead­er­ship Sum­mit in­clud­ing 200 speak­ers and 44 panel ses­sions, work­shops and spon­sored ses­sions. Over 250 lead­ers – split evenly be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors – from 88 coun­tries across the globe which in­cluded the Min­is­ters. The event is a Young In­no­va­tors Com­pe­ti­tion.

Launch­ing the cer­e­mony and ac­knowl­edg­ing the crit­i­cal role which SMEs and start-ups play within the ICT ecosys­tem and how this forms the cor­ner­stone of a new and ex­cit­ing di­rec­tion for ITU and ITU Telecom, ITU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Mr. Zhao stressed his per­sonal com­mit­ment “to en­sure im­ple­men­ta­tion of this new fo­cus in re­sponse to the needs of the coun­tries and industry” Ex­pand­ing on this vi­sion he added “We wish to re­form ITU Telecom to cre­ate such an in­ter­na­tional plat­form where we can share knowl­edge, ex­change ideas, best prac­tice, and in­spi­ra­tion, and fa­cil­i­tate net­work­ing and partnerships with SMEs.”

Ad­dress­ing a packed au­di­to­rium, Hun­gary’s Prime Min­is­ter H.E Vik­tor Or­bán spoke of past and present Hun­gar­ian in­no­va­tors, and out­lined plans for Dig­i­tal Hun­gary, not­ing that “Hun­gary can be as proud of its role in the ICT sec­tor to­day as it was in the past. We have grounds to be proud of the fact that the dig­i­tal econ­omy of Hun­gary is one of the fastest de­vel­op­ing in the EU.”

Speak­ing via video mes­sage, UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon en­cour­aged gov­ern­ment and tech­nol­ogy industry lead­ers gath­ered in Bu­dapest to “fos­ter greater in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship in the ICT sec­tor, es­pe­cially among small and medium sized busi­ness.” He urged par­tic­i­pants to “con­sider what more you can do to en­sure uni­ver­sal con­nec­tiv­ity, close the dig­i­tal di­vide, open doors to knowl­edge and en­sure the full par­tic­i­pa­tion of women and girls in the ever grow­ing dig­i­tal econ­omy in sup­port of the 2030 agenda for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.”

The Open­ing Cer­e­mony marked the start of an ac­tion-packed few days of high-level de­bate, di­a­logue be­tween longestab­lished busi­ness, SMEs and gov­ern­ments, show­cas­ing and net­work­ing.

The event also com­prised of Ex­hi­bi­tion for dig­i­tal so­lu­tions from emerg­ing and de­vel­oped mar­kets, show­cas­ing the smartest ideas and en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit of start-ups from coun­tries, re­gions and top industry names from across the world. It also in­cludes a host of key net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing ac­tiv­i­ties en­abling del­e­gates to en­gage on a B2B or B2G level, such as B2G and B2B Di­a­logues & Lunches bring­ing to­gether gov­ern­ment, industry and SME

On 13 Oc­to­ber 2015 – The new Emerge Part­ner­ship was launched, bring­ing to­gether a core group of stake­hold­ers to pro­vide thought-lead­er­ship and best-prac­tice ad­vice to help in­form gov­ern­ment pol­icy-mak­ing.

Emerge Part­ners will be ac­tively en­gaged in sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tems, and in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the United Na­tions and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, the ICT industry, in­cu­ba­tor/ac­cel­er­a­tor man­agers as well as de­vel­op­ment/in­no­va­tion prac­ti­tion­ers.

Busi­ness to gov­ern­ment (B2G) di­a­logues took cen­tre-stage at ITU Telecom World 2015, where the Emerge Part­ner­ship was launched as a means to fa­cil­i­tate pub­lic-pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion. Large multi­na­tion­als, start-ups and SMEs out­lined key pri­or­i­ties and re­quire­ments for gov­ern­ment pol­icy-mak­ers to pro­vide a vi­tal en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for in­no­va­tion and pri­vate en­ter­prise.

The Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion & Communications was also in­vited to pro­vide insight into Bhutan’s ICT SMEs and share some of the lessons, which was highly ap­pre­ci­ated.

The Min­is­te­rial Round Ta­ble is­sued the ‘Bu­dapest Call for Ac­tion’ reaf­firm­ing the po­lit­i­cal will to ac­cel­er­ate in­no­va­tion for so­cial im­pact in line with the Con­nect 2020 Agenda adopted at the ITU Plenipo­ten­tiary Con­fer­ence in Novem­ber 2014. The ‘Bu­dapest Call for Ac­tion’ em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tion en­trepreneur­ship and wel­comed the es­tab­lish­ment of the Emerge Part­ner­ship. The doc­u­ment high­lighted the role of ICT-based in­no­va­tion in ad­dress­ing key so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity chal­lenges, such as those ad­dressed by the UN’s Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and other na­tional and re­gional frame­works. It also in­vited all stake­hold­ers to im­ple­ment in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, tech­nolo­gies and partnerships aimed at bridg­ing the dig­i­tal di­vide and en­sur­ing global con­nec­tiv­ity for all.

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