ITU GLOBAL ICT FORUM ON HUMAN CAPACITY
Is a biennial global conference dedicated to building human capabilities and skills that are ready for the digital economy and digital society. The theme of the 2012 ICT Forum was “Digital Inclusion: Transition from analogue to digital broadcasting”.
The event was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 to 25 October 2012, at the Cape Sun Southern Sun hotel.
The Forum was co-organized with the Department of Communications of the Republic of South Africa and its e-Skills Institute, in close collaboration with Telkom South Africa. The Forum was held jointly with the second South African national e-Skills Summit 2012.
PURPOSE OF THIS REPORT
The purpose of this Report is to present the summary of the Sessions carried out during the three-day event and provide information on the main issues raised during each Session. The report also encompasses forum outcomes, Action Plan and Final Recommendations.
The e-Skills Institute played a crucial role in the development of this Forum. It is a Government initiative under the Department of Communications, aiming to harness the potential of ICT’s in society to address the major socio-economic challenges, which South Africa faces, in delivering equitable prosperity and global competitiveness. The e-Skills Institute provides an enabling environment for a coordinated response to the challenges posed by the rapidly expanding capacity, mobility, convergence and affordability of new ICTs and their impact on the country’s competitive position. For this reason, there was complementarity between the goals of the e-Skills Summit 2012 and the Global ICT Forum, as the digital e-skills debate and endeavour was seen within the broader context of the digital inclusion agenda. The Forum’s agenda was therefore designed with the Skills Summit 2012 as an integral part.
HOW WAS ORGANIZED THE FORUM
Taking into consideration the Forum’s theme, as well as the interests of all the event organisers, it was agreed that the morning sessions would focus on the main theme of analogue to digital broadcasting, while the afternoon sessions would deal with other digital economy skills related issues in two breakaway sessions. One of the sessions would discuss topics aligned with the e-Skills Summit 2012 agenda, though those discussions were open to the other delegates. Speakers were drawn from different spheres of activity, representing high-level officials, policymakers, regulators, non-governmental organisations, academia and private sector.
The expected Forum outcomes were clear programs of action at a global level on how nations can prepare their human capital to leverage on the digital broadcasting in particular, but beyond that, how they can develop national e-skills capabilities to leverage a digital economy. Outcomes were therefore expected to be targeted at people as recipients of training; policymakers in terms of initiating the right policy frameworks, as well as other stakeholders in the private and public sector.
There were approximately 282 delegates from 56 countries, participating in the event.
This Forum report is a summary of the deliberations that took place from 22-25 October 2012. Full documentation of the Global ICT Forum, including the final agenda and all presentations, is available on the website at http://academy.itu.int . The Forum had a live streaming and feedback on Twitter.