16-17 September 2002
Palácio Itamaraty, Ministry of Foreign Relations
The Forum concentrated on policy areas for the development of a knowledge-based economy:
information technologies including telecommunications and e-business
science, technology and innovation
skills, education and employment
Discussions focused on:
the economic benefits of ICTs, innovation and human resource developments
the necessity of developing coherent approaches to ICTs, innovation and human resources, encompassing policy frameworks, priorities, sequencing, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes
the links between the knowledge economy, high value activities, growth and distribution
Speakers were drawn from OECD, Latin American countries, the government sector and regulatory agencies, the private sector, civil society, and academia. This Global Forum was an outreach initiative for policy dialogue among OECD Member countries and non-Member economies. The focus was on global issues of interest to countries from all regions, focusing on challenges specific to Latin America in this context.
Summary of the Global Forum
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FINAL AGENDA DAY 1: Monday, 16 September 2002
OPENING and WELCOMING REMARKS
SESSION I: ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY
Mr. Pekka Lindroos , Head of Information, Computer & Communications Policy Division, OECD
Mr. Mario Cimoli, Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Mr. Reynaldo Treviño , Public Policy Advisor, Office of the President, Mexico
Mr. Celso Pinto de Melo , Director, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil
Mr. Akhtar Badshah , Executive Director, Digital Partners, U.S.
Mr. Alberto Oliart Ros , National Laboratory for High Information Technology, Mexico
Mr. José Vargas Niello , Regional Director, Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Consumers International
Mr. John Mein , Executive Vice President, Brazilian Chamber of e-Commerce SESSION 2: POLICIES AND GOVERNMENT ACTION FOR ICTs AND E-BUSINESS
PART I Policy Frameworks and New Issues
The session highlighted the main policy issues (across countries) for ICTs and the knowledge-based economy, focusing on general policy frameworks and new issues.
Mr. Tadao Takahashi, Head of the Information Society Program, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil
Mr. Richard Simpson , Canada, Chair, OECD Working Party for the Information Economy
Mr. Juarez Quadros, Minister of Telecommunications, Brazil
Mr. Joe Richardson , Department of State, U.S.
Ms. Beatrice Rangel, Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Cisneros Group, Venezuela
Ms. Jody Westby , The Work - IT Group, U.S.
PART II National Strategies and Regional Challenges
The session highlighed national strategies, best practices, and special challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Fredy Bentancurt, SDS/ICT Regional Representative, Inter-American Development Bank
Panel Discussion DAY 2: Tuesday, 17 September 2002
SESSION 3: INNOVATION
The session focused on the main policy issues (across countries) for innovation and the role of public-private partnerships in the knowledge-based economy.
Mr. Jean Guinet , Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD
Mr. Mauro Marcondes Rodrigues , President, Funding Agency for Studies and Projects (FINEP), Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil
Mr. Engelbert Beyer , Head of Economic Aspects, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
Mr. Carlos Vogt , State of São Paolo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil
Mr. Sujai Shivakumar , National Academy of Sciences, U.S.
SESSION 4: HUMAN RESOURCES
The session highlighted the main policy issues (across countries) for human resources and education in the knowledge-based economy.
Mr. Lauritz Holm Nielsen , Senior Advisor for Post-Secondary Education in Latin America, the World Bank
Mr. Richard La Pointe, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education, U.S.
Ms. Maria Helena Castro, Deputy Minister of Education, Brazil
Mr. Eduardo Krieger, President, National Academy of Sciences, Brazil
Mr. Gabriel Casaburi , Economist, Fundación Mediterranea, Argentina
Ms. Marie-Paule Verlaeten , Ministry of the Economy, Belgium
SESSION 5: POLICY ROUNDTABLE
Mr. Richard Simpson, Canada, Chair, OECD Working Party for the Information Economy.
Mr. Carlos Pacheco , Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Brazil
Mr. Graham Vickery , Head of Information Economy Unit, OECD
Ms. Catherine Mann , Senior Fellow, International Institute for Economics, U.S.
Mr. Samuel Gleiser Katz , President, International Chamber of Commerce, Peru
Mr. Regis Guimaraes, Instituto Genius, Brazil
Mr. Lauritz Holm Nielsen, Senior Advisor for Post-Secondary Education in Latin America, World Bank
CLOSING SESSION, CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING REMARKS
Mr. Herwig Schlögl , Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Mr. Carlos Pacheco, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Brazil
This Global Forum has been jointly organised by the OECD and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil. Additional support has been provided by the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank InfoDev Conference Scholarship Fund.
The Summary report is available here
Drivers of Growth: Information Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Using Knowledge for Development: The Brazilian Experience
Understanding the Digital Divide