Closing of WTSA 2008, 30 October 2008: ITU Secretary-General summarizes the Assembly's main achievements
In his closing speech, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré summarized the key achievements of ITU's World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2008, held in Johannesburg, South Africa:
"...Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to list for you some of the Assembly’s notable achievements:
- It is the first time we have had a WTSA in Africa…
- The first time we have had an exhibition
- We have been honoured by the presence of the highest number of Ministers and Vice Ministers of any WTSA
- We have seen the highest number of documents
- And, the highest number of new Resolutions adopted
- It is the first time that we have had a woman chairman
- And the first time that we have invited students
- We have achieved a restructuring of the sector that takes into account market realities and allows for greater efficiency in our work and keep ITU-T as the leading standardization body in the world.
- We have achieved a strengthening of the resolve of ITU to bridge the standardization gap, what a new opportunity we have created.
- And a fine tuning of working methods
- We have adopted key Resolutions on:
- ICTs and climate change
- Accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities
- Conformance and interoperability testing and possible future ITU-Mark
- Encouraging academic participation \
- Encouraging sector members from developing countries
- Studies regarding nomadic telecommunication services and applications
- The creation of national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), particularly for Developing countries... "