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Submitted by Sanjay P. Sood on
I congratulate the organising team, speakers, moderators, delegates and all others including the Brazilian Officials for putting together a successful event (infoDev Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) in Brazil. I went through the Rapporteur's report for Plenary 1 "strategies for transformation and growth." Very aptly Mohsen has pointed out that from a developing country's perspective if the participation of women is increasing it is a reflection of an upcoming social change. I agree, innovation in a developing country cannot materialise without the support from government, private capital and know-how. The more so, innovation leads to new processes, generation of newer information flows and formation of new networks. No doubts, ICT is one such powerful tool that can not only take care of new processes, information flows etc but can also touch /facilitate inclusion/empower the masses and bridge the divide between rural and urban populace / developed and developing countries. Owing to my association with eHealth, I have the following to add here: I hope you will agree with me that applications of eHealth and telemedicine are considered as innovation(s) in developing countries. Based on one of the research conducted by us for telemedicine transfer in sub-Saharan Africa we could list the factors those facilitate uptake of telemedicine (an innovation) in developing countries, these are: a) Telemedicine Implementation b) ICT infrastructure c) National ICT Policy d) Culture [Culture specific beliefs AND Technology culturation]. It is primarily the first factor i.e. "implementation" where the private sector needs to chip in. Hence, PPP and SMEs are the key factors and pathways for consistent innovation i.e. transformation and growth.