Speech from Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General
By enabling people in different places or different countries to communicate
with each other, telecommunications have unlocked human potential, helped
facilitate greater understanding and resulted in the ‘death of distance’.
We therefore intend to create the Exploratorium in three sections: the past,
the present and the future.
The first section will recount the story of ICTs, introducing key inventions,
significant figures and historical events in chronological order. Demonstrations
will help visitors understand how the development of ICTs and ICT services have
influenced world history – and vice versa.
The second section will provide useful information about how closely ICTs and
people’s daily lives are connected, and the importance of ITU’s core activities,
through dynamic and interactive exhibitions.
This section will also provide information on how the main technologies work
with the help of easy-to understand and interactive exhibition tools.
And the third section is a space where visitors can experience the future.
Cutting-edge technologies and new services will be introduced and demonstrated,
and visitors can interact with all the exhibits.
As the Founding Partners for the ICTE, UAE and TRA will of course benefit
from unique involvement with the Exploratorium, and will be strongly represented
in the ICTE itself and associated publicity materials.
Because without you, none of this would be possible.
So on behalf of ITU and our extended membership, let me thank you once again – not just for your extraordinary generosity, but also for your continuing faith in ITU and our work.