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BDT Director's Speeches

ITU Regional Preparatory Meeting for Asia and the Pacific Region
Bali, Indonesia  21 March 2017

​​ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting 2017

21 March 2017

Bali, Indonesia

WELCOME REMARKS

By

Mr. Brahima Sanou

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

  • His Excellency Hasan Kleib, Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador and Permanent Representative Designate of the Republic of Indonesia to UN, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Mrs Farida Dwi Cahyarini, Secretary-General, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Republic of Indonesia
  • Ms. Areewan Hoarangsi, Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity;
  • Representatives of UN agencies, Regional Organizations and ITU-D Sector Members
  • Eng Nyoman Sujaya, Head of ICT Office, Bali.
  • Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17), for Asia and the Pacific.

On behalf of ITU and all the delegates here present, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Government and the people of Indonesia for hosting this Regional Preparatory Meeting, and for the hospitality extended to all of us as well as the excellent facilities put at our disposal.

​The World Telecommunication Development Conference we are preparing will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017 under the theme of ICT④SDGs.

The theme ICT④SDGs reaffirms the tremendous potential of ICTs to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs. ICTs cut across each and every SDG. E-education, e-health, e-agriculture, big data, open data, cloud computing, and the development of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are offering huge opportunities for achieving sustainable development.

The adoption of the SDGs has broadened our mission. We are now required not only to provide broadband and universal access to ICT services at affordable price, but equally important, to make ICTs work for other economic sectors.

Our actions should therefore go beyond the ICT sector to take into account the ICT ecosystem. A new ecosystem where ICTs are about streamlining Government processes, bringing education and health to the people in need in order to create national cohesion, inclusiveness and economic growth.

Distinguished participants

During this RPM we will report on the implementation of the Dubai Action Plan.

I would like to thank all the Administrations of the region for their commitment and dedication during the implementation of Dubai Action Plan. I would also like to thank the ITU Regional Office in Bangkok and the Area Office in Jakarta for the great work done under the leadership of Mr Ioane Koroivuki.

I would like to acknowledge with great appreciation Indonesia's important contribution to ITU, particularly to the Telecommunication Development Sector. Allow me to take this opportunity to thank the Republic of Indonesia for hosting and supporting the ITU Area Office in Jakarta in carrying out its development work and mission in the region since 1984.

At this RPM, we will introduce to you the preliminary draft of the output documents of WTDC-17. As an innovation, and for the first time, we are engaging our Members at an early stage in the preparation of these key output documents namely:

  • The preliminary draft of WTDC-17 Declaration.
  • The preliminary draft of the ITU-D Contribution to the ITU Strategic Plan,
  • The preliminary draft of the ITU-D Action Plan and

These documents have already been prepared and discussed at the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) and its Correspondence Group meetings. They are submitted for your consideration and input.

The progress report of the Correspondence Group on Streamlining Resolutions, will be also presented for your inputs.

The work that will be undertaken by you here in Bali during these three days will rely on your enhanced engagement as Members. I know that you have been working hard in the framework of APT. Let me seize this occasion to thank APT and Areewan Hoarangsi, the Secretary General, for the tremendous work done already.

The Regional Development Forum for Asia and the Pacific, which was held yesterday, was an opportunity to hear from various stakeholders about the ICT sector in the region. The Forum was a great success and I would like to thank all of you for your active participation and invaluable contributions. The Summary of the Discussions is brought to your attention as an Information document.

Dear representatives of the membership:

Before I conclude, let me recognize the presence at this RPM of Mr. Sharshembiev the Chairman of RPM-CIS held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from 9 to 11 November 2016.

I would also like recognize Professor Minkin, the Chairman of TDAG, for being here, together with two TDAG vice-chairs: Mrs Boljobekova from Kyrgyz Republic and Dr Seo from the Republic of Korea.

I would like to thank the Chair of Study Group 2, Dr Ahmad Reza Sharafat, from Iran, and two Study-Groups vice-chairs, Mr Ananda Raj Khanal, from Nepal, and Mr Kawasumi, from Japan for their presence here today.

Last but not least, I am pleased to inform you that this year, the ITU Development Sector marks its 25th Anniversary.  In the past 25 years we have contributed immensely to the rapid growth and expansion of telecommunication and ICT networks and services, putting the power of ICTs in the hands of billions of ordinary people.

Let us join forces to celebrate our achievements and to commemorate this important milestone on 11 October at a Gala Dinner in Buenos Aires during WTDC-17.

It is my hope that next WTDC will embrace the new ICT landscape in order for ITU-D to remain, for the next 25 years and beyond, an active player and facilitator of all innovations for ICT development.

I wish you very successful deliberation.

Terima kasih!  Thank you very much.