The First Advisory Board Meeting on the mPowering Initiative took place on 15 October 2013 in the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The meeting was attended by a wide range of eminent personalities from public, private and international entities who constitute the Advisory Board of this Initiative. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU, affirmed that the ITU Secretary General warmly welcomed this initiative, which can provide substantial advancement towards achieving the goals established by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.
The Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr. Brahima Sanou, highlighted during his opening remarks that the main objective of the Initiative was to bring a human face to ICT.
He further stressed the importance of adding value to existing projects but, at the same time, changing the current paradigm to enable the creation of an ecosystem for development through the use of mobile telecommunication technologies.