The global economy is undergoing a rapid digital transformation. The internet has totally changed the way we communicate, socialise, work and even shop and sell products. The global digital economy is worth 3 trillion US Dollar today. New business models are born as a result of digital economy. The digital talent gap and workforce digital skills readiness are the topics with high priority in the Digital Era.
Recognizing the significance of Digital Transformation, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication, the training centre, Iran ICT Ministry, are jointly organizing an international 5 - day face-to-face workshop program in Tehran, I.R. Iran in July 2019.
The main objectives of this face-to-face workshop are to:
- Inform and create awareness of the use of telecommunications or ICT in support of the digital economy and society;
- Share international best practices on Digital Transformation; and
- Build capacity and skills development in the digital era through digital transformation.
The workshop is designed to enhance understanding of participants by sharing best practices and build capacity for ICT stakeholders. The course is offered free of charge to all the participants and is paperless to save the environment.
To achieve the main objectives, the program has been designed to enhance the understanding of participants of new technologies and innovation methodologies. The main topic covered include the following:
- The role of Innovation and new technologies for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
- Digital Transformation and the Digital Economy
- Fostering innovation in the workplace and the community
- Modern design processes and methodologies
- Technology skill development for employment and business growth
- Introduction to mobile app development
Over 75 participants including representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, as well as the host country I. R. Iran will present their respective country case studies on Digital Transformation.
Under the overall supervision of Mr. Sameer Sharma, Senior Advisor ITU, Mr. Pete Argent, CEO of Business Design Institute in Australia and Mr. Shahryar Khan, a mobile application development expert from Pakistan will lead the training sessions for this extensive 5 days event.
As a part of the training, participants will take part in a mini-hackathon where they will compete in teams to develop concepts for technology solutions to country and community challenges. This is a great opportunity for representatives from different countries to work together on innovative ideas that aim to make life better for citizens.
“Given the crucial role of telecommunications/ICTs in digital transformation and, in particular, in the advancement of the digital economy, it is important to enhance international cooperation on sharing best practices in digital transformation and the development of approaches, regulatory texts, standards and applications and future digital skills required for the digital economy” said Mr. Sameer Sharma, Senior Advisor, ITU at the opening ceremony of the event which was held on 6 July at Ferdowsi Hotel.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Claudio Providas, UNDP Resident Representative. I.R. Iran who stated: “Each year, more individuals acquire the means of accessing digital services through greater and better quality network coverage. With this, the potential grows for more conventional services to shift to or to be further enabled in the digital world, as well as for new services to be created that can only exist online.”
"Blockchain Technology has started to have a significant influence in the Internet of Things by upgrading security. Information technology equipment, cloud services, standardised software for various purposes, web and device applications, and e-commerce and other platforms are also subject to digital commoditisation. Growing access to the internet, together with network and platform effects, are accelerating this commoditisation and expanding its scope." These words were shared by Mr. Sadegh Abbasi Shahkooh, Head of ICT Faculty, I.R. Iran
Mr. Sattar Hashemi, Deputy Minister for Technology and Innovation was also present at the ceremony. Sharing some statistics about Iran with the attendees, he said: “Iran is the second top country in the region of Central and Southern Asia in terms of innovation score by GII. Iran made considerable progress by expanding its e-government services and has tried to leverage efficiency accessibility transparency and accountability in the government sector. Iran government currently offers 201 general services and 734 specific services electronically from judiciary and agriculture to education health and Culture.”
Mr. Hashemi added: “Iran government service bus GSB has served more than 315 million transactions during the past year. There are currently 44 entities or providing services to GSB and the services they offer to various sectors such as Central Bank police and etc. Access to information is another crucial aspect as it is essential to ensure transparency and prevent corruption. Our focus in future is on digital economy, which we consider as the enabler for creating national wealth and improving the quality of life. whenever there was cooperation amongst all players and stakeholders, better and more efficient results have been produced for the benefit of mankind. Relying on our capabilities, we welcome opportunities for international cooperation as well. With professional youth and innovative private sector, we are improving efficiencies in many important areas, like new job opportunities, and in increasing the national wealth.”
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through ITU’s work, ITU protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication
Established in 1928 Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication (ICT Faculty) has accepted students in the field of Communications Engineering, ICT, IT, Post and Postbank from associated up to master degree. The faculty over the past decade through a memorandum of understanding with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recognized as the Spectrum Management hub and one of the ITU and ITU Asian Pacific Training Centres of Excellence. ICT based short – term and academic courses enriched with the professional laboratories in different fields for ICT managers and experts in the region is one the main activities of the faculty in its new structure.