The international forum Going Local will be held on the 12th of September, 2012 in Riga to discuss the implementation of the „Europe 2020” ICT flagship Digital Agenda for Europe in Europe and Latvia. The forum is organized by the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) and the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), in close collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
The objective of the Going Local forum is to focus national attention on the Digital Agenda and its importance for economic growth, job creation and social inclusion among members of EU. The forum is supported by the Latvian ICT industry, with Lattelecom Ltd as a main partner and Exigen Services Latvija Jsc. also partnering.
Going Local will be opened by Daniels Pavļuts, Minister of Economics in Latvia; Dr. Signe Bāliņa, President of LIKTA; Dr. Gundars Strautmanis President of LCCI and Dr. Inna Šteinbuka, Head of European Commission representation office in Latvia.
In the first forum session Dr. David R. Dean, Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will present an analysis of the Economic impact of Internet and ICT use on GDP and economic growth. An analysis of the priorities and challenges facing the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee in meeting the ambitious goals of the Digital Agenda will be presented by Pēteris Zilgalvis, Going Local Ambassador for Latvia & Head of Unit for Health and Well Being, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission and by Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President for communications of European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
The second forum session will cover an analysis of the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe, dealing with both the Latvian and the wider European experience. Presentations will be given by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, State Agency "Culture Information Systems", Lattelecom Ltd., and the ECDL Fund Regional Development Central and Eastern Europe Department.
A huge number of highly successful ICT solutions have been created in Latvia and some of the success stories will be shared in the forum's final session by the Republic of Latvia Saeima Information Department, Exigen Services Latvia Jsc, Riga City Council and the State Regional Development Agency.
Signe Balina, President of LIKTA: "As the digital economy develops across Europe, it is essential to promote knowledge and awareness of information and communications technology so that society is empowered to make full use of it. Considering how rapidly ICT is transforming economies across the world, it is clear that improving e-skills will be one of the most important determinants of Latvian competitiveness in the future: essential to the competitiveness of business, innovative government administration and the education of future generations”
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