Ghana’s hosts RPM for ITU WTDC 2014

The Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for Africa, ahead of ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014, opened today in Ghana, Accra.

The gathering of policy makers, regulators and experts from around the world will forge a plan of action for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years. The preparatory meeting in Accra and will address key areas of interest for the African region.

Hamadoun I Toure, secretary-general, ITU said, “Ghana has been endowed with natural resources like many other African countries, but it has built on its human capital and innovation to develop high economic growth and count among top per capita GDP rates on the continent.”

“This is an inspiration for us to invest in ICT development in Africa and capitalize on the inherent talent for innovation among African people to generate overall economic growth and achieve the goals of sustainable development,” added Toure.

Addressing the opening session of the meeting, ITU deputy secretary-general Houlin Zhao said, “ITU is committed to connecting the world, and to bring the benefits of ICTs to the world’s people. We will continue to make bold steps in accelerating progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.”

“Credit goes to governments for their political will, to the private sector for investing in the ICT sector, and to the citizens for a high uptake of these new technologies,” said Brahima Sanou, director, ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

Sanou pointed to the global population of young people born in the digital age that are nurtured on information and communication technologies as an integral part of their lives.

The RPM was preceded by the Regional Development Forum (RDF) for Africa. The Forum provided a platform for open dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication/ICT policy makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on telecommunication/ICT issues of regional concern.

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