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Mission to the Republic of Korea - MoU Signature with the Republic of Korea for the hosting of next ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014

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Dr Touré and Chairman of the Korea Communications Commission,
Mr Kye-Cheol Lee

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Dr Touré addresses journalists during his mission to Korea.

10 September, Seoul, South Korea

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré capped a highly successful mission to the Republic of Korea with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chairman of the Korea Communications Commission, Mr Kye-Cheol Lee, launching the preparatory process for the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference which will be held in the bustling port city of Busan.

"The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is the ultimate decision-making body of the Union," Dr Touré said at the signing. "It is fitting that the Republic of Korea, a world leader in ICT, will be host to this important global conference."

The Secretary-General also took time to address the Global Challenges and Smart E-Government Seminar, hosted at the NIA building in Seoul.

The number of smartphone users in Korea is now well over the 20 million mark – meaning that close to half of all Koreans are now connected to high-speed mobile.

"Broadband has already changed the lives of everyone here in South Korea, and with international cooperation, and through the work of international organizations such as ITU, I firmly believe that it will change the lives of everyone on the planet," said Dr Touré.