ICTD 2013Managing Consultant of Step Up Consulting Services was one of the 40 emerging scholars invited to attend the ICT and Development Conference in Cape Town, South Africa scheduled on 7-10 December 2013.  The conference is one of the premier gatherings of researchers, scholars, and professionals working in the area of ICT and its role in social, economic, and political development.

IDRC and the Government of Canada funded the participation of Mr. Canares to attend the event and a pre-conference research training facilitated by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Western Cape (UWC).  The pre-conference training, which focuses on Opening Up the ICT Ecosystem through Inclusion, Training, and Dialogue (OUITD), is held from 2-6 December 2013, in the facilities of UCT and UWC.

According to OUITD program chair Prof. Julian May, there were approximately 180 applicants for the program. A total of 40 participants were selected coming from different countries as Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, and the Philippines, among others. Mr. Canares is the only representative of the Philippines to the program.

Mr. Canares’ work presented in the conference is on e-taxation. Fieldwork was conducted with the assistance of Step Up research associate Ms. Vera Villocido-Gisete.