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Experts at forum agree to promote internet growth

04 September 2014, 08:09

Istanbul - Experts agreed to take the responsibility to ensure internet growth to continue at the on- going Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul on Wednesday.

As the figures revealed, internet contribution to the nations' economy has been rising each year while empowering societies. Speakers at the forum admitted that the internet would be one of the biggest tools for the economic, social and cultural growth across the world.

According to a 2012 report provided by the U.S. Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Ministry, developing countries are experiencing faster rates of growth than developed countries, with 5 to 9 contribution from Internet economy.

Kenya has proven a good example. The farmers who uses internet to do business have been earning 33 to 40 percent more for their crops. Alice Munyua from Kenya International Department of dotAFRICA told Xinhua that the future of internet for Kenya and in Africa in general would be extremely important.

"Because we perceive internet as impacting on our social and economic political and cultural development and as a form of expression. We also see internet as a way of innovation and creating business." she said.

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Secretary R.S. Sharma from Indian Ministry of Communication and IT also told Xinhua that he saw Internet as delivering services being useful to the mankind and as a great opportunity to improve the standards of poor.

"I see a great future. Especially in countries like us where you have lot of services, which can be digitized and electrification of services can take place (by the help of internet)," he added.

Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho, the vice-chair of Democratisch Alternatief' 91 from Surinam defended that in the future internet should be more affordable and accessible.

"We need to bring the access to majority. We need to create the demand for them," she said.

IGF will end on Friday and participants will discuss the governance of internet, its problems and solutions in more than 100 panels.

 - Xinhua

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