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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

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Date:  6/20/2010 
One way in which Canada promotes innovation, competitiveness and social development is through the negotiation of bilateral and regional free trade agreements. These can server as a catalyst for collaborative relationships among a wide variety of actors, including policy makers, researchers and technical specialists at various stages of the value chain. Often these bilateral exchanges lead to initiatives which foster the development of innovative technologies which enhance the competitiveness and socio-economic development of partner economies.

Through its participation in the activities and meetings of the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL), Canada has contributed to the development of policies that support trade liberalization and innovation in information and communications technologies (ICT) and telecommunications. At the same time Canada’s participation in CITEL has fostered linkages between academic institutions specialized in telecommunications.

Through representation in CITEL a number of international bilateral and multilateral fora, Industry Canada’s Telecommunications Policy Branch facilitates discussion of emerging technologies and other international issues related to ICT, shares information and best practices with other countries, and promotes co-operation in the international telecommunication arena.
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Date:  6/18/2010 
Canada participates actively in all the activities and programs undertaken by the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission conducive to reducing the digital divide and promoting the use of information and communication technologies for social and economic development. Canada was one of the authors of the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas and Plan of Action of Quito, which serves as a guideline for countries in the region assisting them in the design and implementation of National Connectivity Agendas.
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world’s leading institutions in the generation and application of knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. IDRC works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies. IDRC supports research under four broad themes: agriculture and environment; health and health systems; science, technology and innovation; and social and economic policy. In Latin America and the Caribbean IDRC has helped to identify and create capacity to use technology as a tool to enhance development, leading to tangible progress in citizen’s participation, governmental transparency, sustainable and innovative economic opportunities for the poor, better access to public services, and better understanding of the dynamics and evolution of the digital divide. The OAS has recognized IDRC’s support as critical to the development and implementation of the Summits Virtual Community, a new and innovative online mechanism for participation and collaboration between Member States and other actors in the Summits process.
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