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The Telecommunication Development Sector strategy

The Telecommunication Development Sector strategy

The following points define a strategy for the Telecommunication Development Sector that is consistent with its mission and the changing telecommunication environment. ITU-D will:

pay special attention to the requirements of the developing countries, with particular emphasis on the least developed among them, and the need for well-differentiated and tailored responses to situations arising in transition economies, countries affected by conflicts or natural disasters, etc.;
work with governments to assist them in establishing appropriate telecommunication policies and regulatory structures. Strategies for the development of telecommunications may be fostered by liberalization, private investment and competition in appropriate circumstances. The goal of these policies and structures should be to:
  • create a stable and transparent environment to attract investment and guarantee the rights of users, operators and investors;

  • facilitate access of service providers to the telecommunication network within a framework that promotes fair competition while protecting network integrity;

  • ensure the provision of universal access and universal service, promoting innovation and the introduction of new services and technologies to unserved and under-served users;

  • promote partnerships and cooperation between telecommunication entities in developing and developed countries, and with appropriate international institutions, consistent with their respective interests;

 play a creative catalytic role in identifying and providing resource support, in the new telecommunication environment, to help meet the requirements of developing countries in close collaboration with global, regional and national organizations and agencies, and with the private sector;
maintain close cooperation with ITU-R and ITU-T reflecting the significant role played by those two Sectors in telecommunication development;
include matters pertaining to information technology and broadcasting in its activities, as key factors in promoting economic, social and cultural development;
 promote training in human resources development (HRD) and human resources management (HRM) in order to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing telecommunication environment;
seek innovative ways to rationalize its internal costs, optimize its resources and improve efficiency.


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