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21st Telecommunication Development Advisory Group Closing remarks
Geneva, Switzerland  18 March 2016

21st Telecommunication Development Advisory Group

Geneva, 16-18 March 2016

Closing remarks by Mr Brahima Sanou,

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau


Prof. Vladimir Minkin, Chairman of TDAG,
TDAG Vice-Chairmen,
Representatives of Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academia,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to make a few closing remarks.

I would like, first of all, to express my gratitude to all of you for the ideas and visions put forward at this meeting. We have had an interesting debate and there is plenty to reflect upon. I thank you for all your advice.

I would like to highlight some key points: 

  • At this TDAG we have had a stimulating discussion on the planning of WTDC-17 and I am pleased to see a lot of enthusiasm and dedication. In particular, I welcome the inspiring discussion we had regarding the future Declaration of WTDC-17. 
  • I believe that we share the same feeling that the Declaration needs to mean something to people, especially those who are not directly involved with ITU or ICTs. The Declaration should communicate our vision and message to the world in simple and inspiring terms. 
  • We also spoke about the importance of resource mobilization and attracting new partners. As I reiterated several times at this TDAG, mobilizing resources is key in the work we do.
  • I am also pleased to note that two important words resonated in this room during the past three days: the words transparency and accountability. I would like to reiterate that promoting a relationship between BDT and ITU-D members grounded on transparency, open consultation and accountability remains very crucial.
  • Actually, there are two additional words that also resonated in this room during this TDAG: drafty-drafty and I thank Mr Fabio Bigi for crafting these two new words!

Ladies and gentlemen

I would also like to acknowledge the terrific work done by the Correspondence Groups and the Inter-Sector Coordination Team.

Thank you Fabio and Roxanne for your leadership and your wisdom.

A special welcome goes to the newly established Correspondence Group on Streamlining WTDC Resolutions. Thank you Prof Sharafat for accepting to chair this Correspondence Group which, I hope and I am sure, will save us from tiring night sessions to discuss about recalling, recalling further, considering, considering further, noting, noting further, noting with appreciation, recognizing, taking into account, conscious that, aware that, having regard to.

I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Kirghizstan, Rwanda, Sudan, Paraguay and Lithuania who have graciously offered to host the RPMs and to Argentina who have graciously offered to host WTDC-17.

We are finalizing details with Argentina, but I can tell you that it will be in Buenos Aires and tentatively from 9 to 20 October. I also welcome Clarisa Estol as Vice-Chairman of TDAG.

Let me also reiterate my thanks to Poland who has shown the good spirit of cooperation between Member States by withdrawing in favour of Argentina, avoiding us to go through a painful competitive process.

My colleagues and I took very good note of all your advice and will use them to continue improving our deliverables.

I would like to end my remarks by thanking Professor Minkin, the maestro, for his great leadership and guidance.

Let also thanks my colleagues of BDT who, under the coordination of my Deputy and Secretary of TDAG, Yushi Torigoe worked hard for the success of this 21st session of TDAG

I am also grateful to all those who have been involved in the organization of this event and all the interpreters and the technicians.

As I said in my opening remarks, please don't wait the formal meeting of TDAG to advise. Please feel free and I strongly invite you to drop me an e-mail whenever you have a piece of advice for the secretariat.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next TDAG in 2017. In the mean time we will continue working on line.

I wish you a safe journey home.