High-level Event Discusses Equity, Democratization in Technological Revolution
Americas, Assistive Technology, ICT, News, October 5 2018
NEW YORK, USA: On the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level debate, high-level representatives of governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed the impact of the technological revolution on society, including on the workforce, education, and low-income countries’ industrialization. They called for regulation of new technologies and for educational systems to adapt to the changing labor market.
The event titled, ‘Curse or Cure? Leaving No One Behind in an Age of Technological Revolution,’ took place on 25 September 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner moderated the meeting, noting the need to change the way the public owns the products of national development, and the way governments interact with the market.
Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, said his country faces a huge need for a technological revolution because of its growing youth population, and the three most prominent sectors in the country’s economy being extractive industries, agriculture and betting. He said the IT sector and technological industrialization should have a more prominent place in the economy, to make it more attractive to investors, and stressed the need to empower youth through technology to that end.
Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board, highlighted the importance of policies, institutions and infrastructure to foster technological development. She said Rwanda invested over US$1 million to lay out the optic fiber infrastructure needed to attract private sector investment. She presented how Rwanda worked with a drone company to develop public regulations for drones, then used them to deliver health services (blood transportation), which was essential because of the lack of road infrastructure.
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