Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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3 things I learned this year: my message for the New Year

Here's a new year message from me: 3 things I witnessed in 2011, and why they give me hope for the future. Preview (NB you can see this video with subtitles in English / Nederlands / Français / Italiano / Deutsch / Español / Polski: just click on the "CC" button at the bottom of the video screen).

Great video about ICT in developing world

You may recall that a few months ago I visited Nairobi, Kenya. While I was there I checked out some of the amazing projects that relate to the crucial role of ICT and development.  I was really impressed with the ability of ICT to open up new opportunities - even in the poorest areas of the developing world. Ahead of the European Development Days, here's a cool video showing some of what I learned there.

How ICT helps developing countries – some Kenya case-studies

I'm visiting Nairobi, Kenya for the Internet Governance Forum, where I gave a speech on how we should take care of the Internet. It's the first time ever the IGF has been held in sub-Saharan Africa. And this gave me an opportunity to explore something that's interested me for some time – the role of ICT in the developing world. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am very passionate about the role that ICT can play in stimulating Europe's economy. I am convinced that it can lift our economies, and provide smart, high-end jobs for the next generation. But I'm equally convinced that it can do the same in the developing world. Supporting development has always included investing in infrastructure, which has historically meant things like the water supply, roads, electricity networks, or human capital. But in the modern world ICT is essential infrastructure too, without which our economy cannot function.
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