Comments and recommendations of the ICT4Peace Foundation on the Strategy for International Cooperation 2025 - 2028 (IC Message 25 - 28)
14 September 2023
The important reference to international Geneva, to the strong ICT capacities of the Swiss private sector and to research in Switzerland is also missing, although it is a declared goal of the IC strategy to better bring Swiss expertise to bear. [...] We therefore strongly recommend that the area of digitalisation and new technologies be set as an important focus in the IC 2025-2028 strategy, in the following areas: Access (Digital Access) Access to the internet, digital connectivity, is a basic prerequisite for the use of digital technologies. [...] Use the expertise and capacities of the private sector The Swiss private sector has strong capacities in ITC, in particular Switzerland is a leading provider of ITC services and software development, and is considered an important player in the global ICT industry. [...] It is important to use the potential of the international Geneva for IC and thus at the same time to strengthen the role of the international Geneva, which is competed by other locations. [...] We therefore propose the following for the IC Strategy 2025 - 2028: - Establish bilateral ICT programmes in the area of cyber and digitalisation (especially in the area of capacity building) and noticeably strengthen the digital components in traditional IC programmes.