World Bank Seminar “World Development Report (WDR) 2016: Digital Dividends”
June 9, 2016Tokyo

Co-organized by World Bank and JICA Institute



World Bank and JICA Institute co-organized a seminar “World Development Report (WDR) 2016: Digital Dividends” on June 9, 2016.

“World Development Report (WDR) 2016: Digital Dividends” says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations, and 60 percent of the world’s population remains excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy. To deliver fully on the development promise of a new digital age, the report suggests two main actions: closing the digital divide by making the internet universal, affordable, open, and safe; and strengthening regulations that ensure competition among business, adapting workers’ skills to the demands of the new economy, and fostering accountable institutions—measures which the report calls analog complements to digital investments.

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group, opened the seminar delivering his opening remarks. This was followed by Uwe Deichmann, Co-Director for WDR 2016, presenting the main findings of the report, via videoconference from Washington DC. During the latter half of the seminar, two commentators, Prof. Yasuyuki Todo of Waseda University and Prof. Izumi Aizu of Tama University, shared their comments.





Opening Remarks

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

Keynote Speech

Uwe Deichmann, Co-Director for WDR 2016, World Bank

Presentation Material: Digital Dividends (PDF)


Prof. Yasuyuki Todo, Waseda University

Presentation Material: Comments on World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends (PDF)

Prof. Izumi Aizu, Tama University

Presentation Material: FabLab/FabSpace, Making (PDF)



Uwe Deichmann

Uwe Deichmann is an economic geographer in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development. His recent work has included issues of urban development, the role of infrastructure in promoting regional growth, and the impacts of natural hazards and global change on economic development. He has been a principal author of the World Development Report 2009 "Reshaping Economic Geography." Prior to joining the World Bank he worked for the UN Environment Program and the UN Statistics Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Event Details
  • Date/time: 10:30am-Noon, Thursday, June 9, 2016

The World Bank Tokyo Office
10th floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

English and Japanese
(with simultaneous interpretation)


World Bank Tokyo Office
Koichi Omori
TEL: 03-3597-6650


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