American University of Armenia
October 3-6, 2006
For 4 days, 300 college students and young professionals from around the world discussed the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in economic development. By way of interactive participation in workshops, speaker series, panels, and small group discussions, participants had the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with not only their peers, but with the leaders and professionals responsible for the development and successful implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The four-day event focused on two objectives:
- Introduction and review of the various challenges associated with the development of landlocked countries and their relationship with ICTs as a means of development. The forum will view ICTs as the microcosm of the United Nations MDG number eight (8) and will explore the strategies national governments pursue to incorporate ICTs in development efforts.
- Exploration of comprehensive implementation strategies, specifically in the areas of Education and the Environment, and how ICTs can enhance development efforts. The discussions will also include comparing and contrasting experiences from an inter-state cooperation of developed landlocked countries in the field of ICTs.