The Power of Connectivity and Digital Tools for Small Businesses

ITU The Power of Connectivity and Digital Tools for Small Businesses
June 27
3:30 pm
 – 4:15 pm
 (UTC+2)
 Zoom 
ITU

The session will center on the importance of connectivity and digital tools for empowering MSMEs, and the current work of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development on this topic.

As Co-Chairs of the Working Group on Connectivity for MSMEs, representatives from GSMA and ITC will introduce the background and motivation for the creation of the Working Group. In anticipation of the group’s report launch this September 2023, Co-Chairs will discuss the major challenges experienced by MSMEs and the need to advance the digital inclusion of MSMEs.

Working Group members will present case studies, exemplifying how multistakeholder collaboration is key to empowering entrepreneurs. Finally, we will hear first-person experiences from small businesses around the world on how connectivity and digital tools have changed their business for the better.

  • Ms. Sulyna Abdullah
    Interim Executive Director of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
    ITU, Switzerland
  • Mr. James Howe
    Head of Digital, Markets and Connectivity, ITC
    ITC, Switzerland
  • Mr. Melle Tiel Groenestege
    Director Digital Inclusion Policy & Advocacy
    GSMA, UK
  • Mr. Michael Kende
    Chair of The Board of Trustees
    Datasphere Initiative
  • Mr. Angelos Munezero
    Public Sector Digitization Analyst
    Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda
  • Mr. Akeel Khalid
    CEO
    Vceela, Pakistan
  • Ms. Sylvia Achebet
    Executive Director
    Masha Quality
  • Ms. Neha Gandhi
    Director, SME Segment, Public Sector
    Mastercard