World Telecommunication Development Conference 2006

Qatar: Monday, January 30 - 2006 @ 15:21

The purpose of the conference is to focus on development priorities in telecommunications and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. It will take into account the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda, which aim at bridging the digital divide. A key objective is to promote international cooperation, regional initiatives and partnerships that can sustain and strengthen telecommunication infrastructure and institutions in developing countries. The Doha Action Plan will set out ways to implement these goals over the next four years.

Over a thousand policy-makers and practitioners from government, the private sector, international and regional organizations are expected to attend WTDC-06 to fast-track ITU’s objectives of bridging the Digital Divide in all its dimensions — technical, societal and economic — and to harness the power of ICTs for socio-economic development of the widest number of people, particularly the world’s most deprived.

Following the opening ceremony on 7 March, the conference will focus on new action lines for global and regional development of telecommunications and ICT, the role of ITU in the post-WSIS paradigm and promoting new initiatives and partnerships to give concrete shape to the global vision enunciated in the WSIS process.

In addition to the adoption of a comprehensive strategy to achieve balanced telecommunication development worldwide in cooperation with development partners from both governments and private sector, the Conference will consider two new global initiatives benefiting persons with disabilities, and telecommunications for disaster prevention.

Several regional initiatives that have been tabled by countries through a regional preparatory process are also being considered.

They focus on:
• Rural connectivity including broadband access
• Regional Internet exchange points
• Public Internet access in remote areas
• Internationalization of domain names
• Enhancement of regional roaming capabilities
• Financial schemes to achieve universal service objectives
• Development of government portals to expand E-government
• Security and reliability of information and communication technologies
• Development of digital signatures and public keys for E-commerce
• E-Health and telemedicine for rural areas
Journalists are invited to accredit now for this event, which will take stock of recent developments as well as lay down the road map for the next four years.

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