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Sri Lanka to host UN-based WSA Global Congress 2013 * World's best e-Content developers, government representatives and leading ICT experts to converge in

2013 Jul 04

The WSA Global Congress 2013 will be held in Colombo from October 23 to 26, 2013. Hosted by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the global event will be a fast-paced three-day conference featuring 40 outstanding application developers, more than 60 high-profile speakers and attracting up to 1,000 international delegates. The conference’s objective is to present the most creative mobile and web applications from all over the world and to discuss the crucial role of e-Content for the global economy, environment, government, healthcare, education and mobility.

A press conference was held on the upcoming WSA 2013 at JAIC Hilton Colombo last Friday (28). A large number of journalists were present at this briefing graced by WSA 2013 Chairman Professor Peter A. Bruck and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) CEO Reshan Dewapura.

Shaping today’s digital society

"WSA Global Congress 2013 will bring together the world’s best developers, world-class keynote speakers and leaders of government, industry, academia, and civil society for broad discussions on how quality e-Content shapes today’s digital society," said Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the UN-based World Summit Award (WSA) initiative.

Sri Lanka as a global hub for ICT and smart applications

It is the first time for Sri Lanka to host the global congress that takes place every two years. The event will turn the country into a global hub for excellence in e-Content. It will create business opportunities for Sri Lanka’s entrepreneurs, and attract foreign investment.

Speaking on the world event Sri Lanka is poised to host ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura said: "The ICT policy of the Government of Sri Lanka has been both ambitious and successful. It includes making the dividends of ICT accrue to all the people of Sri Lanka in the best way possible. One of its aims in the in the regional arena is to make Sri Lanka the knowledge hub of the region. The privilege Sri Lanka got to host this WSA 2013 itself is a further eloquent proof that ICTA has faithfully played and continues to play its role as the apex body for implementing the national ICT policy. The three-day UN-based WSA Global Congress 2013 that would form the zenith of the ICT week will be an ideal event. It will bring together the best in the field for sharing of expertise and experience and planning for the future".

Program highlights

This year’s conference program will include panels, keynote-sessions and hands-on workshops about the content industry, e-Learning, ICT and women as well as emerging markets. Leading ICT experts and high ranking representatives of governments and the United Nations will attend the congress, which will take place in Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.

The world’s best e-Content

To showcase the huge potential of applications in fields such as e-Business, e-Government or e-Learning, 40 outstanding content developers from all over the world will present their products to the congress participants and will receive the renowned World Summit Award in a special gala ceremony. "The developers will demonstrate the richness and diversity of e-Content around the globe. And they will show that in an almost entirely connected world, it takes quality content to fulfil the promises of the information society." says WSA Chairman Prof. Peter A. Bruck.

Youths take action to fight hunger, poverty and disease

The congress will also put a special focus on social entrepreneurship and the role that internet and mobile phones play in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are eight concrete goals to eradicate poverty and inequality worldwide. They were set in 2000 by the UN and should be reached by 2015. To showcase the huge potential of ICT, 18 young entrepreneurs will present their award winning projects in categories such as Fight Hunger, Poverty and Disease, Power to Women, or Pursue Truth. Prof. Bruck: "The social entrepreneurs who will present their work in Sri Lanka will demonstrate that New Media can play a central role when addressing global issues such as hunger, child mortality, lack of education or environmental pollution. Many of them use the problems they encounter in their daily lives as a starting point for their own work. And they use their native language: digital technologies."

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