The global launch of this year's Information Economy Report (IER) on 22 October 2009 included activities in several developing and developed countries, among them a presentation hosted by Vi core university member, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).
The launch of the UNCTAD flagship report was organized by Vi Member Coordinator Alan Fairlie, principal professor of PUCP's Economics Department, and his team. Several high ranking representatives of the government, the university and the private sector spoke to the audience, comprising professors and students of PUCP and other universities, public and private sector experts, press representatives, and the interested public.
The event was opened by Fairlie who welcomed the panel members and the approximately 80 people in the audience. José Tavera Colugna, responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises and the Industry at the Ministry of Production delivered an opening speech.
UNCTAD's Ángel González-Sanz, staff member of the Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL) and one of the authors of the IER, gave an overview of the findings and regional implications of the report.
According to the authors, connectivity issues, the digital divide, and global trends in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are of great relevance, not only to experts in this field, but also to governments that implement public policies with a view to achieving better access to information. He emphasized that bridging the digital divide requires a national effort as well as the involvement of the private sector and the civil society.
His presentation was moderated by José Luis Silva, president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), and Pedro Bravo, responsible for WTO issues and international economic negotiations at the Ministry of External Affairs.
After the presentation, the panel members engaged the audience in a lively debate, with a number of speakers stressing that policy has to be based on solid, objective evidence regarding ICT and development, which has been lacking in Peru.