Delegates from over 30 countries will take part in the two-day World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) that begins here on Tuesday. India is hosting the fifth edition of the coveted event that will focus on use of information and communication technology (ICT) in agriculture, education, health and e-governance within the overall theme of ‘ICT for Sustainable Human Development'.
Being organised by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in partnership with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Union Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, WITFOR-2012 will open with an inaugural address by Communications & IT Minister Kapil Sibal.
“Representatives from across the world will share their knowledge, views and best practices in the use of IT for governance and delivery of key public services, brought together on a common platform,” said Union Minister of State for Communications & IT Sachin Pilot.
Describing WITFOR as an important international event that places the host country on an international platform to showcase its achievements, Mr. Pilot said: “It aims at bringing together a unique mix of policy-makers and political leaders, social entrepreneurs, academic researchers, practitioners and executives, both from the private and public sectors. Leaders from multilateral organisations like UNESCO, UNDP, World Bank and from regional bodies like the West African Health Organisation will share their experiences in meeting the challenges of globalisation and sustainable development.” Mr. Pilot said that as a country with enormous ICT capabilities and equally immense socio-economic development challenges, India attracts significant international attention for its efforts to exploit the developmental potential of ICT.