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Costa Rica to host second meeting of ECLAC’s ICT, science conference

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

THE Second Session of the Conference on Science, Innovation and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will begin next Monday at the Hotel Holiday Inn Aurola in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The event will coincide with the inauguration of the World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR 2016), which will bring together representatives of government, industry and ICT associations, as well as academics to analyse the latest proposals aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations.

The welcome remarks will be made by the Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica, Marcelo Jenkins; the Chief of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management of ECLAC Mario Cimoli; the President of the National Council of Rectors of Costa Rica Alberto Salom-EcheverrÃa; and the President of the International Federation for Information Processing Leon Strous.

The intergovernmental meeting, organised by ECLAC and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, has the support of the German Agency for International Cooperation and the European Commission. It will be broadcast live via the Internet on the Conference’s Web site at

On September 13, at the seminar ‘Innovation in a Digital World’, delegates from 15 countries will join representatives of companies in the digital ecosystem and of international organisations to debate the Internet’s disruptive effects on production, the on-demand economy, digital innovation and SMEs, infrastructure for hyper-connectivity, and competition and collaboration for leading digital transformation and innovation.

Two documents will be launched at the event dubbed Science, Technology and Innovation in the Digital Economy. They are The Situation of Latin America and the Caribbean and the State of Broadband in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016, the annual report of ECLAC’s Regional Broadband Observatory.

The Conference on Science, Innovation and ICTs was created in 2012 as a subsidiary body of ECLAC to promote the development and improvement of national policies, as well as bilateral, regional and international cooperation. The first meeting was held in Santiago, Chile, in June 2014.