has brought about transformative anddisruptive changes in the way governments,businesses, and societies do things. ICT canbridge geographical distance, income disparities,and even social divides. A World Bank study
shows that “for every 10
-percentage pointincrease in penetrations of broadband services,there is 1.3-percentage point increase ineconomic growth.ADB recognizes, and is committed to supporting, ICT as a tool to promote and enable inclusiveand sustainable
development. ADB’s corporate strategy“
” includes ICT as part of
well-planned rural, urban, and interconnected systems of infrastructure needed by developingmember 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 125loans, 282 TAs and grants, and 11 projects funded through other sources.The
ICT for Development Forum 2013
(the Forum) is an annual knowledge sharing event with aspecial focus on ICT. In this two-day forum representatives from ADB, DMCs, donor agencies,development partners, and the private sector will discuss various ways to address developmentissues through the adoption of ICT. It will also explore opportunities in how ADB can better useICT in its operations. The Forum is a shared activity between the Asian Development Bank (ADB)and Government of Republic of Korea (GOK) under its Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). Thetentative program is attached.