Thanks to strong digital infrastructure like high-speed broadband and cloud, people and businesses in economies with greater digital readiness have been able to transition faster to the new normal. Even before COVID-19, economies that were investing in digital infrastructure enjoyed faster GDP growth. And now more than ever, information and communications technology (ICT) is the key to kickstarting recovery and surpassing pre-pandemic productivity levels.
Achieving these goals requires a range of digital capabilities. These include making remote learning as effective or more effective than classroom learning by using 5G-powered AR and VR, leveraging AI and IoT to boost the productivity of workers, adopting AI and robotics to enhance healthcare services, and deploying 5G networks and edge computing to provide a more immersive experience for community interaction and entertainment.
In this stars Webinar, we talk with Huawei’s Andrew WILLIAMSON about the state of play in the global race for connectivity and the role of ICT and technologies like 5G as the backbone of the digital economy.
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About the speaker:
Andrew WILLIAMSON is currently Vice-President and Economic Advisor of the Government Affairs team at Huawei Technologies. In this role, he is a key aide on global macroeconomic, political and industry trends. Andrew’s research also involves the contribution information and communications technology (ICT) makes to economic growth and society. Before joining Huawei, he was Chief Economist at Dun & Bradstreet and Global Leader of its Country Risk department. Andrew previously held a number of roles at the Economist Intelligence Unit, including Global Director of Economic Research and Deputy Director of Country Forecasting. He began his career in the British Diplomatic Service.