Disrupting Development: Digital Platforms and Innovation

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Online platforms are quickly transforming the way we conduct business, shop for everyday products, look for a job, catch up with friends, or access public services.

The shift is global, and is having a profound impact on people and the economy. E-commerce is poised to become a $6-trillion market by 2021. More than 1/5 of the world’s population has an account on at least one social network. And many governments now have websites that allow individuals to file their taxes or register a company.

This could be a game changer for developing countries. The expansion of digital platforms can spur economic growth through the emergence of entirely new business models, promote meaningful interaction between governments and citizens, and provide innovative solutions to complex development challenges.

So how can me make the most of these opportunities? And how can countries create the right conditions to support effective, secure, and inclusive digital platforms? Join our distinguished lineup of public and private leaders to discuss!

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Former World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Former President, World Bank Group

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom

Minister of Finance, Singapore

Director General, GSMA

Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys

Co-founder and President, The Future Society

Correspondent, BBC Asia Business

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