“It is with great pride and excitement that we host WITSA’s 17th World Congress on Information Technology in 2010 in the Netherlands. It is without a doubt the premier event where business leaders, public officials and opinion leaders from all global regions come together to share and build a vision of a connected planet with access for all. ICT as enabler for economic growth will be the main topic on the agenda for WCIT 2010.
For WCIT 2010 we developed the central theme Challenges of Change. This ‘challenge’ reflects the sense of urgency that is felt by politicians, policy makers, companies and citizens, all seeking for ways to provide ICT a prominent role in the current economic crisis and the economic recovery package in Europe and in the rest of the world.
2010 also marks the focus year of the European i2010 Program, a key element of the Lisbon strategy for growth and employment. WCIT 2010 will therefore be the ideal opportunity to showcase the results and also to look ahead to the ambitions of the then newly formed European Commission. WCIT 2010 offers a stage to showcase the European achievements, highlights the successes and the opportunity to show the European best practices to the rest of the world and vice versa. On the agenda of WCIT 2010 will be issues of both European and global importance, such as energy, water, life and mobility.
The hosts of WCIT 2010 therefore invite the most innovative minds in business, politics and academia from all global regions to come together and discuss important global developments. With the signing of a Declaration of Amsterdam we hope we can contribute to such a world.”
Minister M.J.A. van der Hoeven
Minister of Economic Affairs
Acting Mayor of Amsterdam