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Ensuring an Enabling Environment for Digital Development
October 8, 2016 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings 2016


This seminar will explore how governments, the private sector, and the development community can work together to support digital development and leverage ICTs' potential for economic and social progress.

This seminar will discuss best approaches for ensuring an enabling environment for digital development, building on the findings of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. This moderated conversation between key private sector actors, partners and Ministers of Finance will explore concrete steps governments can take to reap the full potential from digital technologies and unlock their country's ICT potential. Speakers will assess the importance of a comprehensive approach looking at policy priorities, legal requirements, market conditions, and technology choices that interact at national, regional, and global levels and involving partnerships between the public and private sectors. The seminar will explore the optimal collaboration between governments, the private sector, and the development community in creating fertile conditions for ICT-led growth and supporting client countries to enter the digital age.


11:30-12:00pm | Light Lunch Buffet

12:00-12:15pm | Opening Remarks

  • Nancy Scola, Senior Technology Reporter, Politico
  • Pierre Guislain, Senior Director, Transport and ICT Global Practice, World Bank


12:15-1:00pm | Panel Discussion

  • Industry View: Key Building Blocks of an Enabling Environment for Digital Development
    Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA Incoming Chief Economist
  • Government Approaches for Sector Taxation
  • Enabling Environment in a Regional Perspective: Lessons from the European Union
    Gunther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital economy and society, European Commission
  • Opportunities of Frontier Technologies: Deepening Public-Private Collaboration
    David Burrows, Managing Director-International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation


1:00-1:20pm | Q&A


1:20-1:30pm | Closing Statement: Mutually Reinforcing Partnerships to Usher in the Digital Age

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    Günther Oettinger

    Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission
    Günther Oettinger has served as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since November 2014. Mr. Oettinger was previously European Commissioner for Energy from February 2010-2014 and served as Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Germany before that. He has held a distinguished career in law, public service, and policy development, including acting as Chairman of the commission responsible for Federalism Reform II in Germany from 2007-2009. Mr. Oettinger is also a Member of the Governing Board and Federal Executive Committee of the CDU, a role he has held since 2005, and served Chairman of the federal media policy committee of the CDU from 2006-2010. Mr. Oettinger took his Second State Law Examination in 1982 and worked as a lawyer and auditor at a tax consultancy and district councilor in Ludwigsburg, Germany before moving into more regional, national, and now international politics.
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    H.E. Kiril Minoski

    Minister of Finance, FYR Macedonia
    Kiril Minoski has held several notable positions within the Government of Macedonia in addition to his current role, most recently Director General of the Office of Public Revenue. Prior to that, he served as Director General of State Market Inspectorate – Ministry of Economy, and earlier, as Head of Project Implementation Unit for the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Health Provider Institutions in the Republic of Macedonia Project through the Council of Europe Development Bank and the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Health. Mr. Minoski also boasts over ten years of experience working in the private sector and with international development partners through his work with Booz Allen Hamilton and USAID funded investment and private sector development projects in Macedonia. Mr. Minoski holds a Masters in Economic Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and Staffordshire University in the UK, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Skopje, Macedonia.
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    Satu Santala

    Director General, Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
    In addition to her role as Director General for the Department of Development Policy, Satu Santala is also Finland’s IDA Deputy for the World Bank. Prior to her current role in the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Santala was Executive Director from Finland at the World Bank, where she represented Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. Ms. Santala has also held several earlier positions in Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including: Deputy Director General, Department for Development Policy; Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi, India. She has also held numerous roles with the Finnish Red Cross, including International Training Coordinator. During the 2012-2014 Board term, Ms. Santala served on the Board's Committee on Development Effectiveness and the Committee on Human Resources.
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    Mats Granryd

    Director General, GSMA
    As Director General of the GSMA, Mats Granryd leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events. Before joining the GSMA, Mats was President and CEO of Tele2, one of Europe’s fastest-growing telecom operators with 14 million customers across nine countries. Previously, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Ericsson, most recently as Head of Northern Europe and Central Asia. While at Ericsson, he also led the North West Europe, India, CDMA and North Africa units, as well as the global customer accounts for Vodafone and Bharti. Before joining Ericsson, he was a management consultant in telecom strategies at ARRIGO and Andersen Consulting. Mats holds a M.Sc. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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    David Burrows

    Managing Director, International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation
    As Managing Director – International Organizations, David leads the global team responsible for engagement with multi-national governmental organizations and agencies. Previously he was Managing Director – EMEA Government, WW Public Sector. Prior roles include Senior Director for business strategy and marketing of the UK Public Sector division; and Director of UK Education/Voluntary markets. With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, David joined Microsoft in 1991 holding a range of management positions covering Channel Partners, Consulting and Support Services, Skills and Training and the Small Business segment. David also spent time at the company’s European HQ working on European Service and Support programmes. Previously, David was with Digital Equipment Corporation in sales management roles; and prior to that, with Olivetti, in a variety of technical, pre-sales and sales roles. David is a past serving member on a number of UK Government advisory boards. In recognition for ICT related services to UK Education, David was made an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University (2006) and Wolverhampton University (2008).
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    Pierre Guislain

    Senior Director, Transport & ICT Global Practice, World Bank
    Pierre leads the Transport and ICT Global Practice at the World Bank. Pierre was previously Director of the joint Bank-IFC-MIGA Investment Climate Department (CIC) and prior to that, Manager of the ICT sector. In his career at the Bank he has served in a range of capacities in the legal department, private sector development, Africa, Asia, and Middle East and North Africa regions. During that time, he spearheaded the creation of the private participation in infrastructure division, and established and managed a joint program with the European Commission on Private Infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. He is author and editor of publications on PSD, foreign direct investment, ICT, infrastructure reform and privatization. He holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, as well as a graduate degree in Belgian and International Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Université Catholique de Louvain.

The event will be streamed live on October 8 (12:00-1:30pm ET):

More details
  • Date: October 8, 2016
  • Time: 12:00-1:30pm
  • Location: World Bank HQ, MC2-800
  • Registration process: All external participants will need to register for the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings to attend the event. Guest registration closes Monday, October 3 at 6pm ET, so we encourage you to submit your request as soon as possible using the link below.




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