IT leaders are calling for an industry group to be established to represent the role of IT and communications during G20 discussions.
The G20 ICT Policy Network (G-ICT), comprising IT leaders from G20 national IT associations and ICT companies worldwide, has called for G20 ministers with experience in communications, information technology and innovation to set up a group called G20i. G-ICT hope the group will encourage recognition of the role of ICT in the recovery and sustainable growth of the global economy.
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Industry bodies such as Intellect, the UK technology trade association, are in support. John Higgins, director general of Intellect and G-ICT board member, said at the G20 ICT Innovation Forum in Seoul, South Korea, "Our declaration calls for the creation of a G20i to provide a platform for ongoing government-to-government and government-to-private sector dialogue on how ICT can contribute to G20 agenda priorities, particularly those focused on building sustainable economic growth."
Also speaking at the forum, Greg Farmer, vice-president of government affairs for Qualcomm and G-ICT spokesman, said, "ICT is essential for future prosperity but to achieve its full potential, we need a new collaborative international effort."
The G-ICT plans for the first G20i to take place in the second half of 2011. Other G-ICT members include HP, Intel, Oracle, VeriSign and Qualcomm.
The G20 was established in 1999 to bring together major advanced and emerging economies to stabilise the global financial market.