U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Catherine Novelli, who is participating in the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, gave an exclusive interview to Sankei Shimbun. In relation to the drafting of the G7’s joint statement for the ministerial conference, she stressed the potential for economic growth through the popularization of information technology.
Novelli is a former vice president of worldwide government affairs at Apple, Inc. She pointed out in the interview on April 28: “It is estimated that a 10% increase in Internet users in the developing countries translates into a 1.2% increase in GDP in terms of economic growth. The popularization of information and communication technology is extremely important from the standpoint of global economic development.” She expressed hope for a “broad consensus among the G7 nations.”
The G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting is being held for the first time in about 20 years. The G7 ministers will discuss the utilization of IT to tackle global issues, such as economic growth, poverty, and disaster prevention, during the two-day conference. A “joint declaration” containing a “charter” embodying the ministers’ vision and an action program will be adopted at the end of the meeting on April 30.