Dear Mr. Chairman,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me, from the very beginning to thank the organisers of this great event and to wish all of us success in meeting the ICT community's expectations.
It is of a great pleasure for me to address you today, at the WTDC, especially considering that the Republic of Moldova was honoured to host the first ITU Regional Preparatory Meeting in this regard, in February 2013, in Chisinau.
Our goal was to identify regional priorities for the development of ICT sector and to formulate our contributions to the WTDC, as well as to raise the visibility of the ITU as a main facilitator and supporter of the Information Society development at the global level.
The ICT development is absolutely recognised as one of the most important elements for social and economic growth. Fostering future infrastructure and content development, the ICT education and cyber security - are the main conditions for enabling a modern information society.
Thus why, with active support of the ITU and in continuous consultation of the ICT policy developments at the global level, especially of the World Summit on the Information Society Action Lines, the Ministry of ICT of Moldova developed last year, and is successfully implementing the new National Information Society Development Strategy - Digital Moldova 2020, which outlines 4 sets of actions, as:
i) Extending the connectivity throughout promotion of network competition and access to Internet services,
ii) Promoting ICT education and strengthening the utilization capacities and benefits offered by ICT,
iii) Development of the local electronic content and services,
iv) Raising confidence and fostering Cyber Security.
After few years of the consequent implementation of the previous policy documents, one of the directions in which we had essential success, is the establishment of the competitive electronic communications infrastructure at affordable prices. In the last week Ookla Global Broadband Speed Test, Moldova was rated with sixth position between leading countries in the World with the average Internet speed of 29.5 MBs.
The progresses in infrastructure development allowed us to obtain in a short period of time an Internet penetration ratio of 64% of population with a high level of demand for developed local digital content.
Thus why, another priority at this stage is the implementation of the Government e-Transformation Project, which purpose is to increase the accessibility and quality of the public services by raising performances of public institutions and developing public e-services. The Government effort is expected to serve as an example for other stakeholders and to give dynamic to the development of the Information Society services and to proliferate inclusiveness.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I should note that the work of the ITU, its Bureaus and study groups, development programmes and regional initiatives was and remain vital for development and implementation of national ICT strategies in different member countries.
In order to respond to society's needs and expectations, all involved stakeholders, have to keep a permanent dialogue and to provide permanent inputs from each other.
In this context, it's worth to mention, that one of our expectations is that the Union, following its mission, and among other objectives, will contribute to foster international cooperation and to develop interoperable, non-discriminatory international standards, and to assist developing countries in their knowledge and application of its recommendations.
This will be a huge contribution to reducing the digital and standardization gap between developing and developed countries, and to maintain a close coordination mechanism among the three Union's Sectors for bridging the digital divide, through the activities of the ITU regional offices to that end.
This is the approach we experienced as a very successful in last few years and I will use this opportunity to thank the General Secretariat, the Telecommunication Development Bureau and its Regional Office for permanent involvement and continuous support provided to my country for the implementation of its ICT agenda.