Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 October 2010

South Africa / Launch of UNCTAD’s “Information Economy Report 2010”





South Africa / Launch of UNCTAD’s “Information Economy Report 2010”



PRETORIA, South Africa, October 8, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC)

invite you to the launch of UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2010 – ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation

on Thursday, 14 October 2010,  10h30  – 12h30

in the Executive Dining-room of the Industrial Development Corporation, 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton

According to UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2010, “Fighting poverty lies at the heart of the efforts of the United Nations to promote the economic and social well-being of the world’s people … . With that in mind, this years’ Information Economy Report looks at the potential role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in creating new livelihoods and enhancing the productivity of enterprises of direct relevance to the poor … policies matter in ensuring that improved access to ICTs leads to poverty reduction … (and) governments have a key role to play in devising policies that respond effectively to the specific needs of the beneficiaries … .The policy challenge is to take full advantage of the significant improvements in connectivity in ways that bring benefits to the poor.”

Mr Khaled Fourati, Senior Program Officer, Acacia and Connectivity Africa Program, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Professor Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa, will present at the launch.

Hard copies of the report will be available at the launch, but please note that the report is embargoed until 17h00 GMT on Thursday, 14 October 2010.

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday, 12 October 2010, by replying to:

Dianne Rymer, telephone no.   (011) 269-3454, e-mail :

Sudeshan Reddy, telephone no. (012) 354-8507, e-mail :



United Nations Information Centre Pretoria (UNIC)


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