The speech was given on behalf of ICC, which maintained a highly active and visible business presence at the IGF through its initiative Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS).
“ Nurturing this role at national, regional and international levels is essential to our common objectives of bringing the benefits of the Internet and the information society to a global audience,” said Mr Siemsen. “We are pleased to see an increase in business participation at this year’s IGF, which reflects our commitment to multi-stakeholder dialogue.”
The IGF was established in 2006 by the UN Secretary-General to discuss issues of crucial importance to the global development of the Internet. This year’s event was attended by over 1 700 delegates and focused on a wide range of issues including security, critical Internet resources and access.
The next IGF will convene in New Delhi in December 2008.