The 2018 Regional Development Forum for Europe took place in Prague, Czech Republic on 11 June 2018 under the theme "ICTs for SDGs: towards the implementation of WTDC-17 Outcomes."
The Forum was organized by ITU and hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic.
At the Forum, participants discussed the implementation of the activities of the Buenos Aires Action Plan with particular emphasis on the Regional Initiatives approved by WTDC-17. The Forum featured five Interactive Sessions which discussed the draft implementation plan 2018-2021 for the Regional Initiatives.
"We need to put a human face to the phenomenal development in ICTs," said Brahima Sanou, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU.
"The Regional Initiatives have always been at the top of my priorities because it is through their implementation that we make a difference on the ground."
"I am happy to note that the Regional Initiatives of Europe are well thought to address your priorities in the region in the field of next generation infrastructure, digital services, ICT accessibility, digital skills, cybersecurity, ICT innovation", said Brahima Sanou
In his opening address, Jaromir Novak, Chairman of the Council of the Czech Telecommunication Office said, "I hope this development forum will give the opportunity to strengthen our collaboration under the ITU umbrella, because common experiences make us stronger and smarter."
Also discussed at the Forum were the activities related to the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG), ITU-D Study Groups, Membership, Partnerships, ITU Centres of Excellence, regional contributions to the implementation of WSIS Action Lines and Sustainable Development Goals.
Regional Development Forums (RDFs) provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue between the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), governments and regulators from ITU Member States and Sector Members.