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Thursday, September 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
WS136: Internet as an engine of growth and development

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For more than a decade, information and communication technologies (ICT) have been attributed a key driver to socio-economic transformation and play a catalytic role in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. They increase efficiency, provide access to new markets or services, create new opportunities for income generation and give poor people a voice. In this regard, several researches revealed the contributions of ICTs, particularly the Internet and mobile, to economic growth in the continent. ECA is currently undertaking a research which is being finalized to explore the contribution of ICTs to recent economic growth of the continent. Recent McKinsey (2013) report estimates that while Africa still constitute 167 million Internet users with 16 percent penetration, the contribution of the Internet to GDP amounts to USD $18 billion with a prospect to grow by over16-fold by 2025.

In the context of the themes of IGF2014, particularly in relation to the sub-theme on ‘Internet as engine for growth & development’, the workshop will facilitate a stakeholders analysis workshop on the contribution of the Internet to Africa’s economic growth addressing the following two issues:

- The contribution of the Internet to recent economic growth in Africa
- Trends in Internet infrastructure (broadband), innovation and growth

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Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and... Read More →

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Thursday September 4, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Workshop Room 03 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 1)