E-nabling a Better World

by
Mohamed Muhsin

at the
E-Transformation Conference
New Delhi, India .March 16, 2005


Muhsin commemorated his speech by highlighting the challenges we face that range from AIDS to overpopulation to war and environmental degradation and affects the basic quality of life.

He listed out the global issues that had confronted the world like poverty, no.of people infected with HIV virus , world population which was not only the concern of World Bank but also the concern of governments, central banks and financial institutions that were represented on that day.

The challenge then was as to how to empower everyone to travel the global information highway. Through his many years of accumulated experience with the World Bank he distinctly pointed out the two pillars that would make a difference – improving the investment climate and improving services to the poor.

Creating a good investment climate was not an overnight process and all this could be possible through important elements of government policy and behavior. It was observed and noted that poverty reduction was linked with growth and growth required investment in a good climate which in turn would have jobs created. This would help the people in investing in education, skills and quality of life and for all of this to creation of a good business environment with the right incentives and motivation was necessary.

He pointed out the advances that were created by information technology and these improvements were that of information transparency and knowledge, underlining the right use of data and information.

He moved on to talking of the second important aspect i.e. “Providing services for the poor” which was fundamental and yet not seriously focused upon. He stressed upon the need of Information Technology and its significant role in the need of transformation.

Muhsin concluded that through varied solutions the recurring theme is the use of information technology which would help create a better investment climate and improves the services provided to the poor.