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Panel Discussion : Information Communication Technology for Knowledge Sharing
26 Apr 2012
09:00 - 12:00
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Key Issues

Knowledge plays a key role in today's globalized world. It enables firms and organizations to increase their competitiveness through a better understanding of the most important issues of economic development. As Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) support, accelerate and improve the sharing of information among firms and individuals, they change the way people learn and network.
With the expansion of 3G/4G coverage, cell phones, smartphones and tablets have made access to information much easier. The development of the Web 3.0, of cloud learning and M-learning provide efficient solutions for the storage, dissemination, and acquisition of information It becomes now possible to access the right knowledge at the right time. And along with promoting interactive and collaborative learning, the evolution of ICTs has also begun to facilitate the adaptation of training programmes to specific country needs and local context.
As developing countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have evolved from the status of passive consumers of ICT goods and services toward the role of active users; they are now more than ever in a position to benefit from these tools.
The event will provide the opportunity for an interactive discussion regarding the potential of information communication technologies in the areas of knowledge sharing, training and capacity development in developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries.
The objectives are as follows:
  • Identify technologies available in developing countries and that can be used to enhance capacity-building training and knowledge sharing;
  • Stimulate dialogue and cross-fertilization of ideas amongst different organizations and development professionals with regard to information communication technologies' role in knowledge sharing and training;
  • Promote innovative projects that use information communication technologies to foster knowledge sharing, training and capacity development;
  • Explore the tools that are already available (e.g.: M-learning, technology incubator, Web 2.0, Web 3.0) and discuss their use in multilateral organizations.
  • The identification of innovative electronic approaches that can be adopted for distance-learning programs within UNCTAD for capacity building and knowledge sharing in trade related issues.
  • Engaging dialogue for partnerships with private companies that take advantage of ICTs within beneficiary countries, to enhance distance-learning capacity-building programs within UNCTAD.
Main Questions
In this respect, some of the following questions will be covered during the discussions:
  • What is the state-of-the-art technology available in member states countries? 
  • Which technology can be used to train people and share knowledge in developing and transition economies countries?
  • What are the examples of recent best practices?
  • What are the M-learning and E-learning complementarities?
  • Which cloud learning and Web 3.0 solutions to use? For who? And where?
  • What model of public private partnership (PPP) to sustain knowledge sharing?
The event will be divided into four sessions. The first session will consist of an introductory remark, followed by an outline of the meeting.
The second session will include brief presentations by eminent panellists on technological solutions for e-learning followed by discussions/comments from the floor.
The third session will focus on innovative Information and communication Technology such as mobile learning, cloud learning and technology Incubators with brief presentations from representative from reputable network operators. The last session will focus on formulating recommendations from the discussions.
Definition of Key Terms
  • Web 3.0: Considers the Semantic Web, where the “Internet” is able to generate content.
  • Web2.0: a loosely defined intersection of web application features that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centred design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web.
  • M-learning: learning element available on mobile devices such as phone and tablet.
  • 3G coverage: the third generation of cellular mobile communication standards. It includes application services with a wide-area of wireless voice telephone, mobile Internet access, video calls and mobile TV, all in a mobile environment.
  • 4G coverage: the fourth generation of cellular mobile communications standards. This technology provides mobile ultrabroadband Internet access.
  • eSkills: skills council for the IT industry technically described as Business and Information Technology.
  • Cloud learning: the delivery of online courses as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information
    are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).


  • Participants: Panel Discussion on Information and communication technology and Knowledge Sharing
    Biographical Notes
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  • Programme Timetable
    Panel Discussion: Information and Communication Technology for Knowledge Sharing
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Introductory remarks:
Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Ms. Anne Miroux, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), UNCTAD
Moderator:  Ms. Geneviève Feraud, Head of Knowledge Sharing Training and Capacity Development (DTL), UNCTAD
Session:   Technological solutions and e-learning
  • Mr. José Rivera Banuet, Secretary-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System, SELA
  • Mr. Robin Blake, Executive Director of ICT and Society Division from ictQATAR
  • Mr. Shaik Umar Abdul Salam, Centre Director (Middle East) International Operations, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
  • Mr. Tom Wambeke, Programme Officer at International Training Centre- International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO)

Session:  M-learning, Cloud-learning, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, Technology Incubators
  • Mr. Nader Rida Subaih, Project Manager ictQATAR
  • Mr. Stephen Cox, Project Director World Class Learning
  • Mr. Claude Lishou, Professor at Dakar University, Senegal
  • Mr. Morgan Richomme, Orange Emerginov Concept
  • Mr. Atish Gonsalves, Head - Learning Technology Unit -UNHCR