WSIS Forum 2016 - CTO outlines new plans to promote ICTs for development

WSIS Forum 2016 - CTO outlines new plans to promote ICTs for development
 
GENEVA, 3 MAY 2016 - The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Mr Shola Taylor, has outlined today how the Organisation plans to aid the development of ICTs in the Commonwealth and beyond.
 Shola Taylor on the high-level panel session on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Speaking at a moderated high-level panel session on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development taking place at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016 (WSIS) Mr Taylor outlined the CTO’s plans work to promote broadband, ICT applications and cybersecurity to deliver the benefits of ICTs to peoples around the world.
The CTO’s new strategic plan for 2016 to 2020 seeks to contribute to the promotion of ICTs for development by prioritising its interventions in key areas,” Mr Taylor said. “In addition to working on broadband, applications and cybersecurity, we will also assist our members to create forward-looking regulatory environments that will encourage investment, facilitate innovation and maximise resources.”
As the Organisation mandated by ICT Ministers to coordinate Commonwealth engagement in international ICT fora, the CTO will work with international and regional stakeholders in pursuit of the common goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We, the ICT stakeholders, need to work collectively and collaboratively to ensure that the benefits of ICTs are maximised and equitably distributed,” Mr Taylor said. “This is of particular importance to the Commonwealth, a unique collective of 53 countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion, whose membership includes both well-endowed and less-endowed countries, in various stages of ICT development.”

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