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WITSA Announces Policy Recommendations to Narrow the Gap in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) released the new WITSA policy statement entitled: “ICT Leadership in Inclusive Employment of Persons with Disabilities: An Economic and Social Imperative”.

The statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link:

https://witsa.org/papers/WITSA_Statement_on_Inclusion_PWD_in_ICT_final.pdf

 

Press release, October 2, 2018:

WITSA Announces Policy Recommendations to Narrow the Gap in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

WITSA Announces Policy Recommendations to Narrow the Gap in Employment for Persons with Disabilities Fairfax, VA: The World Information Technology and Services Alliance today published a statement of policy entitled “ICT Leadership in Inclusive Employment of Persons with Disabilities: An Economic and Social Imperative”. The paper was developed in cooperation with SourceAmerica® – a Vienna, Virginia based non-profit organization that is a leading U.S. source of job opportunities for people with significant disabilities. In keeping with WITSA’s mission to be the leader in Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age for everyone, this paper and accompanying policy recommendations address the social and economic imperatives of employment of persons with disabilities and lay out a roadmap for the ICT industry to grow as leaders in supporting the employment of persons with disabilities.

Of the 7.8 billion people worldwide, nearly 1 in 6 are persons with disabilities, a group disproportionately underrepresented in the economy. Worldwide, persons with disabilities face barriers to economic and social participation, including employment. Advancements in accessible and assistive technologies are critical and must expand to cover the broad diversity of disability. Economically, it is estimated that countries forego up to 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the exclusion of persons with disabilities. Employing persons with disabilities represents a significant return on investment for industry.

“Companies that actively hire individuals with disabilities position themselves to engage a diverse talent pool and reach a larger market by developing products and services for a growing segment of the population,” stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “The ICT industry has an opportunity to take a leadership role in increasing the employment of people with disabilities in the ICT industry, setting an example that could catalyze other sectors to include persons with disabilities, encouraging large-scale economic and societal benefit across the world.”

“At SourceAmerica, we view this as an important and promising first step toward creating an Inclusion Economy – one where people of all abilities have a choice of careers and are celebrated for their unique and valuable contributions to the workforce”, said Steven Krotonsky, Chief Operating Officer for SourceAmerica. “With these policy recommendations in hand, now is the time to move forward together to bring about real change. This change isn’t just about creating new jobs; it’s about creating meaningful, long-term careers for people with disabilities, and we look forward to continuing our work with WITSA toward this important goal.”

“Having been at the intersection of technology and human rights throughout my career, I have witnessed the transformative power of innovation,” remarked H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga. “But accessible products and services are not enough. They must serve as a bridge to inclusion in the workforce. Only then can we confront longstanding economic and social inequalities experienced by persons with disabilities.”

Advancements in technology are insufficient by themselves to bridge socioeconomic marginalization experienced by persons with disabilities worldwide. In fact, technological innovations alone have the potential to widen the digital, economic and social divide between persons with and without disabilities. As discussions take place on how to increase access to ICT worldwide, WITSA therefore supports a strategic focus on actionable outcomes that narrow the gap in employment for persons with disabilities. The policy interventions outlined in the paper are intended to achieve the desired outcomes by supporting greater access to employment opportunities, technology, education, and workforce development.

The statement can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link: https://witsa.org/papers/WITSA_Statement_on_Inclusion_PWD_in_ICT_final.pdf

 

About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

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WITSA Challenges Misconceptions and Threats to the Multilateral Trading System

World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) released the new WITSA policy statement entitled “Globalization: Perception vs. Reality: Why Opposition to International Trade and Open Borders is Misplaced, Counter-Productive and Harmful to our Future Security and Prosperity”.

The statement, which features a number of policy principles which can rekindle faith and trust in international collaboration and trade, can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link:

https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Globalization-Perception-vsReality_final.pdf

Press release, September 30, 2018:

WITSA Challenges Misconceptions and Threats to the Multilateral Trading System

Fairfax, VA: The World Information Technology and Services today published a statement of policy entitled “Globalization: Perception vs. Reality: Why Opposition to International Trade and Open Borders is Misplaced, Counter-Productive and Harmful to our Future Security and Prosperity”. The paper addresses some of the most worrisome misconceptions and threats to the multilateral trading system that has served the ICT industry as well as all other industries, citizens and consumers so well in modern times.

While anti-globalization forces are not new nor necessarily ICT specific, WITSA feels compelled to challenge them as the recent mushrooming of nativist populist leaders, including in certain key markets, are now engaging in dangerous rhetoric and implementing destructive policies that go well beyond discussions over protectionism or even past concerns over labor and environmental standards, and which -if unchecked- can have long-term detrimental implications for our current, rules-based international order as well as for the future and prosperity of our children and future generations.

Globalization has proved to work for most people and has improved countless lives. If this case isn’t made and voiced in strong terms, the case for protectionism and nationalism remain as potent and dangerous as it has been for the past centuries. This paper attempts to debunk some the main misinformation and misconceptions that are all too often presented as “facts” and identifies several recommended actions and policy principles which WITSA believes can rekindle our faith and trust in international collaboration and trade, as an acknowledgement of our mutually shared interests, interdependencies, values and economic wellbeing.

“In this new era of multi-speed globalization, the strategic challenge for governments and industry in the years ahead will be to navigate a world that is simultaneously integrating and fragmenting”, stated WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant. “WITSA recognizes that globalization is a force for good, but we all share a burden and a responsibility to better address the concerns and plight of those left behind through a concerted effort towards more sustainable governance of the global economy. The truth is, a trading system is sustainable only if everyone shares in the benefits. Therefore, we must ensure that trade is more inclusive and helps support sustainable development.”

By getting at the root causes of the discontent, perceived or real, WITSA believes progress and recovery is attainable, if not inevitable. Markets, countries and people are simply too well-connected. Protectionism is a dead end, and ultimately tends to impoverish those who practice it. Policy makers share a responsibility to take citizens’ concerns seriously and need to develop solutions that help reduce inequality, restore a greater sense of security, and improve upward economic and social mobility. Policy-makers must protect and maintain global openness while striving for inclusive growth that meets real human needs.

The statement, which features a number of policy principles which can rekindle faith and trust in international collaboration and trade, can be found on the WITSA web site at the following link:

https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Globalization-Perception-vsReality_final.pdf

About WITSA: The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

 

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14 IT companies from Romania will attend MidSizeEnterprise Summit Fall, San Diego, California – USA

Between 16th and 18th of September 2018, the Romanian Government in partnership with ATIC will organize the participation of 14 IT companies from Romania to  the MidSizeEnterprise Summit Fall, San Diego, California – USA.

The Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES) is the largest gathering of Midmarket CIOs and Senior IT Executives, offering IT decision makers exclusive access to Keynotes, seasoned Gartner analysts, top vendors and an elite group of peers.

At its third participation, the Romanian delegation includes 14 companies:

  • 4ESoft (www.4esoft.ro)
  • Accesa (www.accesa.eu)
  • ASSIST Software (www.assist.ro)
  • DCSI (www.dcsi.eu)
  • Cososys (www.cososys.com)
  • Docprocess (www.doc-process.com)
  • EuroTesting (www.euro-testing.com)
  • Fortech (www.fortech.ro)
  • HOLISUN (www.holisun.com)
  • OneIT (www.one-it.ro)
  • Rai Software (www.raisoftware.ro)
  • Ropardo (www.ropardo.ro)
  • Roweb  (www.roweb.ro)
  • Tremend (www.tremend.ro)

The delegation is led by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship and of the Association for Information Technology and Communication from Romania.

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Participation of ATIC members at the exhibition “ConnecTechAsia”, Singapore, June 2018

Between June 26-28, 2018, ATIC organizes Romanian companies’ participation in the national stand at the “ConnecTechAsia” exhibition, Singapore, (www.connectechasia.com).

The participation is partly financed through the export promotion program developed by the Ministry of Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship.

The 8 participating companies (Bitdefender, Cexina Soft, Expert Software Euro, Silicon Service, Tellence Technologies, Uipath, Vitality Media, Wyliodrin) will be able to present their products and services on a highly competitive market.

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