Mon. May 16th, 2022

Commonwealth Forum: Trade, Technology and Innovation in a COVID-19 World

A three-part webinar series the Commonwealth Forum: Trade, Technology and Innovation in a COVID-19 World is an opportunity to share learning
About this Event
The
Commonwealth Forum: Technology, Trade and Innovation in a COVID-19 World
will take place from 09:00 (BST) on the 25 June 2020. This will be
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
‘s first ever online forum and it will be the first of a series of three one day forums that will take place throughout 2020 and possibly 2021 in the lead up to Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings and CHOGM as further information becomes available on their timing. It gives us pleasure to confirm that this event is jointly organised by the
Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN)
, another accredited organisation and the CTO. CTO attach particular importance to gender and technology, and we are pleased that this collaboration will support us in that context.
The Forum will focus on access gaps and uptake of digital technology, with a view of what nations can do to ensure information and communication technologies (ICTs) remain central to people’s daily lives, while facing challenges during the largest lockdown in modern history.
In particular, the agenda will focus on connecting all through ICTs. The promotion of online services and solutions in the Health, Education, Disaster Management sectors among others requires consideration to be given to appropriate Regulation and initiatives to ensure countries continue to invest in digital technologies. The Internet based technologies and applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and infrastructure improvements including 5G or basic broadband provision can ensure that trading continues in the hostile environment we are experiencing that allows men and women to have an opportunity to learn and develop technical skills in a virtual world.
The CTO will showcase findings from a recent published report titled
Over-the-Top (OTT) study report 2020
.
In advance of the forum the organisers encourage delegates to familiarise themselves with the following two reports:
Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Report 2020
CBWN Recommendations for boosting women in international trade 0919
We would also like to draw your attention to an event on 26 June being organised by CBWN,
Fireside Chats with Women Leaders in the Commonwealth
.
Draft Agenda
:
Opening session: Commonwealth Forum: Technology, Trade and Innovation in a COVID world
09:00
Introduction and goodwill message:
The Rt. Honourable Patricia Scotland QC
, Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations
09:15 Keynote address:
Official opening of the Commonwealth Forum: Technology, Trade & Innovation in a COVID World
The Rt Hon Paula Ingabire
, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Republic of Rwanda
Session One: Commonwealth Digital Connectivity
(09:30 – 11:00)
Panel discussion:
Creating a common approach to promote the digital economy
Chair:
Gisa Fuatai Purcell
, Acting Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
Panellists
Rt. Hon Paul Fletcher MP
, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Australia
The Rt. Honourable Paula Ingabire
, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Republic of Rwanda
The Rt. Honourable Mohamed Rahman Swaray
, Minister of Information and Communications, Sierra Leone
Rt. Hon Jonathan Le Tocq
, Minister for External Affairs, Government of Guernsey
Dr Spencer Thomas
, Chairman, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Grenada
Arif Zaman
, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network
10:30 Question and Answers / Open discussion
Session two: Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Report 2020
(11:00 – 12:30)
The first study to focus specifically on digitalisation in the Commonwealth which fills an important gap by providing new knowledge on the state of the digital economy in the Commonwealth, the challenges posed by digitalisation, and the opportunities available for Commonwealth members to harness the benefits of digitalisation for development and to boost intra-Commonwealth trade.
11:00 Panel discussion:
Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Report 2020
Chair:
Freda Miriklis
, Chair, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network
Panellists:
Dr Karishma Banga
, Senior Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute and Author, Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Report 2020
Akanksha Sharma
, Research and Insights Director, GSMA
Dr Salamat Ali
, Economic Advisor – Trade Economist, Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat
12:00 Question and Answers / Open discussion
12:30
COMFORT BREAK
Session Three: Over-The-Top Study Report 2020
(13:00 – 14:30)
The new findings of a second study by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) show that many stakeholders continue to recognize and appreciate the innovative nature of over-the-top (OTT) services within the Internet value chain. Since the publication of the CTO 2018 OTT Report, new OTT related developments and issues have emerged in the ICT policy and regulatory space. At the same time, OTT applications have become even more pervasive in enhancing digital communications and interactions. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has fast tracked the digitalisation of the way people work and live around the globe. OTT applications have also been used to digitalise business processes and teamwork.
Chair:
Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan
, Regional Advisor for East and South Asia, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Former Minister for Telecommunications, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
13:00
Presentation: Over-the-Top (OTT) study report 2020
Martin Koyabe
, Manager, Technical Support and Consultancy, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and
Dr Christoph Stork
, Telecom Expert, Research ICT solutions (RIS)
13:15 Panel discussion:
Over-the-Top (OTT) study report 2020: ensuring effective government policies and regulation in an ever-changing world
Panellists:
Daniel Kaitibi
, Director-General, National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), Sierra Leone (TBC)
Kojo Boakye
, Director, Africa Public Policy, Facebook
Dr Christoph Stork
, Telecom Expert, Research ICT solutions (RIS)
Martin Koyabe
, Manager, Technical Support and Consultancy, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
14:15 Question and Answers / Open discussion
14:30
COMFORT BREAK
Session Four: Commonwealth Trade Developments
(15:00 – 16:30)
This session will look at key developments in Commonwealth trade, during the UK term as Chair-in-Office (since April 2018). These include the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, the Commonwealth Standards Network, Commonwealth She Trades and the CBWN 10 Point Action Plan on Women in International Trade which builds on the London CHOGM commitment in this area.
Chair:
Arif Zaman
, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network
15:00 Panel discussion:
Commonwealth trade developments: exploring trends and patterns
Panellists:
Clarisse Irabagiza
, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DMM, HeHe, Republic of Rwanda, UNCTAD eTrade for Women Advocate
Shafquat Haider
, Executive Committee Member, SAARC Chamber and Managing Director, Ciproco Computers, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
16:00 Question and Answers / Open discussion
Closing Session
: (16:30 – 17:00)
16:30
Closing address
Arif Zaman
, Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network
16:45
Closing address
Gisa Fuatai Purcell
, Acting Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
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