Explaining International Mobile Payments Leadership

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The mobile phone has evolved from a simple personal communications device to become both a platform for commerce and an indispensable part of our "lifestyle infrastructure" that enhances personal productivity, manages financial transactions, and makes life far more convenient and efficient. Around the world, mobile phones are used in conjunction with near field communications (NFC) technology as electronic-wallets to pay for public transit, to check in at airline gates, to make purchases from merchants, kiosks, and vendors, and, in some cases, to supplement or fill-in entirely for underdeveloped banking and financial infrastructures. But the United States lags in leveraging the mobile phone as a platform to effect commercial transactions.

ITIF releases a new report, "" that will identify which countries lead the world in mobile commerce and payments activity, identify where the United States stands vis-à-vis the world leaders, and offer a set of policy recommendations for how we can speed the arrival and adoption of more sophisticated forms of mobile commerce transactions in the United States, better leveraging the usefulness and potential of these increasingly powerful mobile communications devices.

This will be the second in a series of six ITIF events that will explore international IT application leadership.

Robert Atkinson
President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Stephen Ezell
Senior Analyst, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Pragnesh Shah
Vice President & GM, Network Solutions LLC, formerly President & CEO of Mobilians International, Inc.

**Additional speakers to be announced**