The session aimed to provide a brief overview of recent activities of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, including a progress report on e-government indicators. It also looked at the emerging issues to be included in its work agenda to advance ICT measurement.
Payal presented her research on ICT Statistics in India for Policy Analysis. This research was carried out by Orbicom, UQAM, Montreal and funded by IDRC.
Following an introduction by UNCTAD, the OECD presented progress made in its work on ICT sector statistics. The Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication (Orbicom) presented the results of its research and training program entitled “Statistical Compilation of the ICT Sector and Policy Analysis” involving researchers and the statistical offices of five developing countries: Brazil, Cameroon, Egypt, India and Malaysia.
Participants were encouraged to engage in an active discussion with the panelists on the role of these statistics in policy making, and what lessons can be drawn with the aim to further develop the ICT sector in particular and national economies in general.