ITU forges new strategy for ‘global digital connectivity’

Comments Off December 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

Representatives from government, industry and research institutions gathering this week in Mexico City for ITU’s World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) have sent a strong message calling for the international community to explicitly prioritize information and communication technologies.

Held annually, the WTIS reviews approaches to measuring the key statistical ‘indicators’ that help government, industry, UN agencies and other international organizations measure progress and shape development strategies.

ITU led the call for greater recognition of the transformational power of technology in the shape of a new UN development goal designed to bring all countries up to a minimum level of ICT access and use at affordable prices to empower business and drive growth.

“In today’s hyper-connected world, accurate statistics are the only way we can set benchmarks to help us measure the progress of our development initiatives,” said Brahima Sanou, director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, which convenes the WTIS each year. “As the UN agency committed to connecting the world, digital inclusiveness is one of our core mandates, and this event is a key part of that effort.”

ITU collects ICT statistics for 200 economies and over 100 indicators, in partnership with its 193 Member State administrations, over 700 private sector members, and more than 60 members from the academic and R&D community.