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Ministerial Forum takes concerted action towards an ICT-strengthened Cambodia/Lao/Myanmar/Viet Nam subregion

New initiatives and partnerships for ICT development announced

Geneva, 15 December, 2009 — ITU’s Subregional Telecommunication Ministerial Forum for Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar and Viet Nam, hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam and entitled: ‘An ICT-strengthened and connected CLMV Subregion’, concluded in Nha Trang, Viet Nam with ministers, senior officials and business leaders agreeing to take concerted action to accelerate ICT development across the subregion.

The Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, joined with partners to announce development initiatives for the CLMV countries through a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Forum.

Forum delegates thanked ITU and its development partners for announcing new CLMV-specific initiatives, particularly in the areas of human capacity development, cybersecurity, green ICTs and connecting villages. The Forum also called for increased cooperation among all stakeholders at the subregional and national levels, with a view to finding creative ways and strategies to turn challenges into opportunities for the subregion and individual CLMV countries.

The Forum urged all parties to initiate detailed discussions to plan and implement the announced initiatives and to ensure coordination among partners to minimize overlap and maximize the impact of investments in ICT development projects.

"This Ministerial Forum is about commitment and concrete actions, about bringing the right stakeholders together to further ICT development in a way that will benefit all," said Mr Al Basheer. "The participation of the CLMV business sector and development partners demonstrates that the intention, the will and the sense of purpose exist; it is now a question of making a commitment and identifying the concrete actions that need to be taken in order to meet the objective of this Ministerial Forum for an ICT-strengthened and connected CLMV subregion."

A special report entitled Enabling Frameworks for ICT Development in CLMV: Moving Forward was also released at the Forum. The report highlights the significant differences that exist between countries that make up the subregion, noting that such disparities will need to be taken into account when making an assessment of the subregion’s progress and suggesting measures for possible improvement.

Mr Al Basheer announced a number of proposed new partnerships and initiatives to assist the CLMV subregion, including collaboration with:

  • Nokia Siemens Networks to test low cost solutions to connect rural villages
  • The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) to assist CLMV countries in developing national computer incident response teams and strengthening capacity building for selected cybersecurity programmes
  • Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group on information exchange for practices relating to rural telecommunication development, and for setting up an information portal for community development
  • VIETTEL on Internet-for-schools initiatives.
  • For more information contact:

    Sarah Parkes
    ITU Media Relations
    Tel: +41 22 730 6135
    Aurora A. Rubio
    Head, ITU Area Office for South East Asia
    Tel: +62 21 380 2322

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