The ITU Strategic Plan highlights the importance of pilot projects to stimulate the planning and deployment of the telecommunication infrastructures and to show the use of existing infrastructures to overcome geographic barriers to deliver needed services. Its mission also stresses the need to assist developing countries to plan, build, operate, upgrade, manage and maintain technologies applicable to their networks and services.
The ITU plays a central role in the promotion and co-ordination of programmes to accelerate the transfer of appropriate technologies to developing countries and to stimulate co-operation between the public and private sectors to create technologies suited to the needs of developing countries.
The ITU is active in the development of widely used standards for electronic commerce (e.g., X.509 Digital Certificate) and has considerable experience in the design, development and implementation of electronic commerce applications and services which it can share with developing countries.
As a neutral organisation, the ITU does not endorse any particular technology and its partnerships with the private sector are formed on a non-exclusive basis.