The ITU Regional Development Forum for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Region was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 8 November 2016.
The Forum was organized by ITU collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic under the theme "ICT for Sustainable Development".
The RDF provided an opportunity for high-level dialogue between ITU-D Membership on progress made in the implementation of the Dubai Action Plan, with particular emphasis on the five regional initiatives for the CIS Region, approved by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14).
"As we embark on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), policy makers, regulators, private sector, development partners and all stakeholders of the ICT ecosystem need more than ever to establish an inclusive, multi-stakeholder and collaborative dialogue to achieve socio-economic development," said Mr Brahima Sanou. "This Regional Development Forum represents an excellent opportunity for such dialogue and a platform for all of us to share our views, engage in interactive discussions on regional priorities and achievements."
He added, "the regional initiatives have been and will remain one of my first priorities because it is through their implementation that we can make a difference in the lives of the people on the ground."
This Regional Development Forum will be followed by the Regional Preparatory Forum (RPM), from 9 to 11 November.
RDF/RPM event page.