ICT for Development Forum 2013: Is ICT the missing link in development operations?


ADB recognizes, and is committed to supporting, ICT as a tool to promote and enable inclusive and sustainable development. ADB's corporate strategy "Strategy 2020" includes ICT as part of well-planned rural, urban, and interconnected systems of infrastructure needed by developing member countries (DMCs) to attract private investment and achieve the MDGs. Since 2000, ADB has supported 418 ICT-related projects amounting to $13.73 billion, consisting of 125 loans, 282 TAs and grants, and 11 projects funded through other sources.

The ICT for Development (ICTD) Forum is an annual knowledge-sharing event organized with a special focus on ICT. Building on the inaugural conference in 2012 which focused on e-Governance, this year's forum covered broader issues on ICT for development.

In this two-day forum, representatives from ADB, officials and experts from DMCs, donor agencies, development partners, and ICT companies discussed various ways in which ICTs can be used to address development issues and how ADB can better use ICT in its operations.


The forum aims to enable the participants to:

  • understand how ICT contributes to a knowledge-based economy
  • become more aware of the value of ICT infrastructure and how to use ICT in education, health, public sector management, financial inclusion, and socio-economic development
  • appreciate better the role of ICT in development efforts

Target Participants

Representatives from ADB, governments of developing member countries, , donor agencies, business sector, and civil society.

Resource Speakers and Presentations

Speakers will include ICT experts and icons from the private and public sectors who have implemented ICT projects that have contributed to achieving sustainable and inclusive development.

Track 1: ICT for Knowledge-based Economy

Keynote Speaker:

Md. Nazrul Islam Khan
Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and National Project Director for Access to Information of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh


“ICT for Knowledge-based Economy: Bangladesh Perspective”

Track 2: ICT for Sustainable Development

Speaker 2.1:

Mr. Shinya Kukita
Chief Manager for International Sales and Operations of the Business Unit of the NEC Corporation in Japan


“Smart City – Applied to Asian Market”

Speaker 2.2:

Dr. Woohyun Hwang
Vice President for Construction and Test Team Leader of the Smart Grid Department of KEPCO in South Korea


“KEPCO’s Smart Grid”

Track 3: ICT for Inclusive Growth

Speaker 3.1:

Dr. Angelo Juan Ramos
Chair of the Philippine Community eCenter Network (PhilCeCNet) and Executive Director of Molave Development Foundation, Inc.


“Community e-Centers as venues for ICT-enabled Services”

Speaker 3.2a & 3.2b:

Mr. Raymund E. Liboro
Director of the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) under the Department of Science and Technology (DoST)

Dr. Carlos Primo David
Associate Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) of the University of the Philippines, Diliman


“ICT for Disaster Prevention & Mitigation: Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Program”

Track 4: ICT for Education

Speaker 4.1:

Tan Sri Professor G. Dhanarajan
Founding Vice Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the new Wawasan Open University of Malaysia


“Distance Education for Development: From Gutenberg to Coursera”

Speaker 4.2:

Mr. Rabi Karmacharya
Executive Director of the Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal


“Use of ICT in Improving School Education: Nepal’s Experience”

Speaker 4.3:

Mr. Chrishan Pereira
Coordinator of the Pre-Orientation Programme of the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka


“Online Learning and Examination System for State University Entrants’ Pre-Orientation Programme”

Track 5: e-Government

Speaker 5.1:

Mr. Ashutosh Agnihotri
Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of the Kamrup Metropolitan of the Government of Assam in India


“Computerisation of Registration by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Government of Assam”

Speaker 5.2:

Mr. Tcha Dek-Kie
General Manager of the Spatial Information Research Institute of LX Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation


“Digital Cadastral System: Case of Korea”

Speaker 5.3:

Mr. Woo-Taek Jeon
Principal Specialist of the Global Network Business of Samsung SDS Co. Ltd


“Government Connectivity for e-Government”

Track 6: Last Mile Connectivity

Speaker 6.1:

Mr. Lim Chuan Wei
Partner at Analysys Mason


“Universal Broadband Access and Inclusive Growth”

Speaker 6.2:

Mr. Daniel Kingsley
Senior ICT Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Economic Growth, Education and Energy Agriculture and Trade (E3) Bureau in the Office of Energy and Infrastructure, ICT Division


“Global Broadband and Innovations Program: Expanding Rural Broadband”

Speaker 6.3:

Mr. Sangwon Ko
Senior Research Fellow and Executive Director of the International Cooperation Research Division at the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI)


“Bangladesh Case on Universal Access (ADB-KSP study)”

Speaker 6.4:

Mr. Andrew Simpson LLM, PhD (Syd)
Founder, director of competition, and an ICT consultant to Certari Consulting


“Regulatory Issues for Universal Service (Pacific Countries)”

Track 7: ICT for Financial Inclusion

Speaker 7.1:

Mr. Anthony P. Petalcorin
Senior Technical Advisor, East Asia Region Microfinance, MIS & Mobile Financial Service Specialist, Chemonics International, Inc.


“Mobile Money for Financial Inclusion”

Speaker 7.2:

Ms. Pia Bernadette Roman Tayag
Head, Inclusive Finance Advocacy,
Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas


“Regulation & Supervision of Innovative Models for Financial Inclusion - Philippine Experience”

Track 8: ICT for Social Service

Speaker 8.1:

Mr. Srinivasa Rao Bodetti
Vice President, Business Development and CIO Expert in Unique Identification,
4G Identity Solutions


“National ID System in India”

Speaker 8.2:

Mr. Nand Wadhwani
Founding Trustee, Mother and Child Health and Education Trust (MCHET)



Speaker 8.3:

Dr. Minah Kang Kim
Professor, Department of Public Administration and Associate Vice President for Office of University Relation and Development
EWHA Womans University, Korea


“E-Health in Korea: Achievements & Challenges”

To listen to the audio recording of the forum, please contact the organizers.