World Information Technology and Services Alliance

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a consortium of associations from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry around the world. The group claims that it represents over 90% of the world ICT market through its global membership, and has a goal of advancing the growth and development of the ICT industry. WITSA was founded in 1978 as the World Computing Services Industry Association, and participates in advocacy in international public policy that affects the "global information infrastructure". It voices the concerns of the international IT industry in organisations such as the World Trade Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the G8.

World Information Technology and Services Alliance
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PredecessorWorld Computing Services Industry Association
TypeInternational Trade Association
HeadquartersVienna, Virginia, United States
Yannis Sirros
Vice Chairman
Sean Seah

WITSA represents IT industry associations in over 84 countries or economies.[1] WITSA's motto is "Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age".

WITSA World Information Technology and Services Alliance re-elected the 2020-2022 chairman and board of directors on the 18th, and Yannis Sirros, a member of the Greek Federation of Information Technology and Communication Enterprises (SEPE), was elected as the new chairman

World Congress on IT (WCIT)Edit

  • 2020,Penang, Malaysia
  • 2019, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2018, Hyderabad, India
  • 2017, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2016, Brasilia, Brazil
  • 2014, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 2012, Montreal, Canada
  • 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2006, Austin, Texas, USA
  • 2004, Athens, Greece
  • 2002, Adelaide, Australia
  • 2000, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1998, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
  • 1996, Bilbao, Spain
  • 1994, Yokohama, Japan
  • 1992, London, England
  • 1990, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1988, Paris, France
  • 1986, Toronto, Canada
  • 1984, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1980, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 1978, Barcelona, Spain

For additional information regarding the WCIT, see the "WCIT - A Proud History" document [PDF]

Other programs and eventsEdit

WITSA Global ICT Excellence AwardsEdit

The WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards [2] honor achievements in the application of information technology around the globe. Winners have exhibited excellence in one of four categories: Public Sector Excellence, Private Sector Excellence, Sustainable Growth and Digital Opportunity. A Chairman's Award is presented to a nominee selected from the entire pool of candidates from all three awards categories. The award ceremonies are a signature event of the proceedings at the World Congress on Information Technology.

Global Policy and Trade Summit (GPATS)Edit

WITSA's Global Policy and Trade Summit (GPATS) debates public policy issues including electronic commerce, privacy, education, and ICT in developing countries. The conferences are held every two years, on alternate years from the World Congress on Information Technology. The following is a list of past events:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (1999)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2005)
  • Cairo, Egypt (2007)
  • Hamilton, Bermuda (2009)
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (2011)
  • São Paulo, Brazil (November 12–13, 2013)

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