With autumn welcoming new beginnings it is with great appreciation to the hosting country of Japan that we bid farewell to yet another successful ICA Conference event. The 51st ICA Conference themed "Bold Digital Government | Leading through disruption" took place in the city of Tokyo during the 9th - 14th of September.
We welcome you to this special Conference edition of our Newsletter and hope you enjoy it!
The ICA Secretariat Team
With participations from over 30 countries and organizations, the 51st ICA Conference in Tokyo, Japan focused on how governments can stay in sync and even a step ahead during the vast technological race which can progress into a course of development and advancement but also one of disruption and vulnerability.
Through the sharing of valuable know-how and best practice examples, this year’s conference examined how government CIOs and eGovernment leaders can translate and embrace latest technologies within their digital strategy, infrastructure and services.
The Tokyo conference gathered officers from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, UK, OECD and World Bank as well as a number of organizations and institutes among which: ASUKOE, the Institute on Governance of Canada, Concent, Gartner Research, GLOCOM, IAIS, Microsoft, National Chengchi University, Nihon University and Stockholm University.
The hosting country extended a warm welcome and ensured the smooth course of all conference activities through the dedication of agency staff involved.
A special note of appreciation goes out to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Mr. Shuji Yamada and Government CIO and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretariat for Information Technology Policy, Mr. Koichi Endo. The two officials attended the ICAconference and kicked-off the official Conference Programme on September 12th.
On behalf of all ICA members and the Secretariat a very sincere thank you goes out to the ICA Chair, Executive Advisor to GCIO and Technology Advisor to MIC, Mr. Toshi Zamma who lead the many key roles he was called to support before, during and after the conference hosted by his Country.