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Priorities of the Telecommunication Development Sector

Priorities of the Telecommunication Development Sector

The experience of four successful years has given the Telecommunication Development Sector a solid basis from which to forecast the following priorities for 1999-2003:

respond effectively, rapidly and in a flexible way to requests for direct assistance from developing countries, including through the use of a significant part of TELECOM surplus funds, primarily for LDCs;
develop and mobilize resources for telecommunication development, including human and financial resources, technology, HRD/HRM tools and systems, information and expertise;
create partnership arrangements that benefit all parties, avoiding purely commercial approaches and concentrating on long-term benefits (as opposed to short-term gains):
  • by establishing strategic alliances and cooperation agreements with other concerned international and regional organizations;

  • by taking the initiative to acquaint ministries responsible for agriculture, health, education, transport, industry, human settlement, trade and transfer of information with the role of telecommunications for social welfare and general economic and social progress, and in particular the work of the Union in rural and remote areas;

  • by inviting relevant bilateral development and donor agencies to join the activities of ITU in order to cooperate within the Sector to maximize synergistic efforts toward sustainable universal access to telecommunication services;

promote partnership arrangements in and between the public and private sectors in both developed and developing countries;
promote partnership arrangements in and between the public and private sectors in both developed and developing countries;
collaborate with the private sector in implementing the Valletta Action Plan, including partnerships with related entities in developing countries;
improve the working methods of the Sector, to strive for:
  • greater use of user-friendly document exchange capabilities;

  • greater participation by Sector Members and other organizations in ITU-D activities;

  • the accelerated development of outputs and improvement of publication mechanisms, in particular through the wider use of information technology;

  • a flexible organizational structure in the Bureau, with special attention to the training and development of BDT staff.

During the period 1999-2003, the strategic processes of the Telecommunication Development Sector will incorporate all resolutions and recommendations adopted by WTDC-98, as well as all other relevant resolutions and recommendations of ITU conferences.


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