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Statement by Mr. Maurice Ghazal,
Representative of the Lebanon in ITU, Ministry of Telecommunications


Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dr Touré has shared with us often his vision and commitment to connect the world.
This is a noble aim.
For its part, I can assure you today that the Lebanese administration gives its full support to this vision.
Lebanon is committed to reconnecting its population to the rest of the world by building a thriving, innovative and competitive telecoms market place driven by a technologically advanced infrastructure-based sector and offering services at internationally competitive prices and quality.
Key to this will be investment and a regulatory framework developed in line with international best practices.
We thank the ITU for acting as a global repository and advisory body sharing with the world knowledge to enable the global advancement of information and communications technologies (ICTs).
Also of huge importance to this aim are the international standards created within ITU.
We were reminded in Johannesburg during the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly last year of the importance that the global community attaches to standardization both as a means to further the development of global ICTs but also as a key tool to bridge the digital divide and thus… connect the world.
We take particular note of the many decisions of the Assembly that aim to help the developing nations of the world.
As the international agency for ICTs, ITU has a mandate to extend equitable and secure access to all the world’s people.
Lebanon as a developing nation acknowledges the importance of standards and standardization as means of pushing forward the ICT market.

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly also adopted key Resolutions related to the Internet: on IPv6 and on non-discriminatory access to Internet resources for example.

And we note ITU Council’s creation of a working group dedicated to accelerating the pace of work on Internet-related public policy issues.

We see ITU as the natural home to this work.

I hope that at this World Telecommunication Policy Forum we will progress discussion on these important Internet-related public policy matters.

Another topic that ITU has taken a lead on is that of Next Generation Networks (NGNs).
As the Secretary General notes in his report, NGNs provide tremendous opportunities for the telecommunication industry, but also significant challenges to Member States.
There are clearly some regulatory questions surrounding the deployment of NGNs.
We will follow closely the discussion on the International Telecommunication Regulations as a potential means to smooth migration to NGN.
Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
ITU has a reputation for stability and coordination at an international level.
In these chaotic times this is perhaps even more important today than it has ever been.
We welcome this dialogue and give our full support to the Secretary General in his initiative for working towards a safer and more secure information society through the Global Cybersecurity Agenda and ITU’s mission to connect the world.
Thank you