IT leaders call for G20 industry group


IT leaders call for G20 industry group

Jenny Williams

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.

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.

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