ICTs being used in Asia.

Mushin spoke on the role of the World Bank to be that of a catalyst, facilitator, broker and connector in the network of economy which thereby brought knowledge and information in developing countries.

He spoke on the importance of ICT usage in an Asian business environment in order to succeed.

He highlighted the obstacles faced by policy makers and business leaders in developing nations because of their governments being reluctant.

He mentioned the shift that had taken place in e-government, e-commerce and e-business through administrative reforms and process changes.

He spoke on the Digital Divide that was being influenced by important aspects like language barriers; almost half of the world population has been living under poverty and gender discrimination. He was also affirmative on the aspect that there needed to be a reform seen in the environment of developing countries with respect to the usage of ICT.

While he quoted the words of John Chambers Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., “The two great equalizers in life today are the internet and education.” Muhsin wanted to emphasize on the training requirements and investments needed in education creating a pool of sophisticated IT workers who work globally but think locally.

He cited examples of effective and positive usage of ICT in developing nations like Sri Lanka , China where through different initiatives one could be well connected to the world outside.

He believed that whatever investments made in the modern age with respect to building ICT will never go to waste and would be like stepping stone entry for developing countries into the new networked world.

In conclusion he stated that it was necessary for leaders and politicians in power to recognize the need to invest in IT education and stay connected in the global world.