Submitted Proposals

Organization: FICCI
Title :
76. Driving Investment in emerging economies in the changing global financial environment
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop will discuss the importance of effective investment, development & regulatory policy for emerging economies for digital growth today, taking into account the recent world economic downturn. It will discuss how national policy makers can, and are making a difference in terms of Internet penetration, establishing a framework for security, establishing programs to encourage development of local content, support freedom of expression, privacy, protection of children online, and create initiatives for capacity building. It will also discuss the importance of public-private approaches in achieving the desired goals. The focus would be on building an “eco-system for digital growth”.

Today, just over 1.4 billion world citizens are using the Internet. Mobile growth, and the role of wireless connectivity, for both voice and Internet, has become the driver of access in all economies – whether developed, emerging, or developing. Much of the content accessed via the Internet today is not yet in multiple languages. Countries are developing digital strategies to ensure that their citizens have access to services; information, and resources, and are facing a number of policy challenges, including how to best ensure the needed financial investment in infrastructure/services/content. The role of content on the Internet is changing as it is growing in its demands on the Internet’s resources. But, overall, the challenges faced by developing and emerging economies remains ensuring investment in the infrastructure, content, information, and skills needed to broaden and deepen access to all.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Panellists will provide a breadth of perspective on the challenges, and approaches that are showing success in deepening access and investment in infrastructure, services, and content. The critical importance of public – private partnerships in creating solutions to key policy challenges, including the importance of capacity building in skills and expertise in both the technology and policy arenas.

Chair: Dr. Mahesh Uppal, Director, Com First (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Moderator: Mr. David Appasamy, CIO, Sify Technologies Limited

  • Dorothy Attwood, Vice President, AT&T
  • Dr. Olfat Abd El Monsef, Vice President, Policies, International Co-operation, National Telecom Regulatory Authority
  • Senior business executive from Indian infrastructure / investment business
    Speaker from C-DAC – Center for Advancing Computing – speaking on language specific content
  • Michael Lewis, Cyber Security Expert [CERT>br> *Sam Paltridge, Economist, OECD
  • Mobile Sector speaker: CEO of an Indian mobile company looking to provide Internet access through 3G by 2009.

Rapporteur: FICCI will appoint a rapporteur to take comprehensive notes, since the requirement is that each workshop has to do a report, and each workshop will also have the opportunity to do a very brief ‘report’ into the main sessions.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

Organizer is Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Speakers bridge geographical and gender diversity.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The workshop brings together different perspectives on a full range of topics
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop is focused on access and capacity building, thus conforming with the mandate of the IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
FICCI has organized three events related to the IGF:

(i) Seminar on Internet Governance – to discuss issues associated with Internet governance for consumers and industry in New Delhi on 1st September 2006.
(ii) Workshop on ‘Building an Ecosystem for Internet Governance’ – to discuss issues and identify solutions associated with building an ecosystem for Internet governance in India in New Delhi on 15th July 2008. The event was organized by FICCI in partnership with the Department of Information Technology, and was attended by Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Additional Secretary (eGovernance) and Mr. Ravi Shanker, Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology. Mr. Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator, IGF Secretariat, was another prominent speaker at the workshop.
(iii) Arranged a meeting of Mr. Ravi Shanker, Joint Secretary, Department of Information Technology and Member of the MAG for a 45 minute session the FICCI Committee on Communications & Digital Economy held in New Delhi on 11th September 08. The event was used to introduce IGF to business participants and answer their queries. The event was attended by a cross section of businesses, other small industry associations and executives from Indian and multinational companies.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
FICCI did not participate last year.