Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
ITU-D Study Group 1 Plenary Session
19 September 2014
Ms Roxanne McElvane, Chairman of Study Group 1,
Vice-Chairmen of Study Group 1,
Co-Chairman and vice Chairmen of Res. 9
Rapporteurs and Vice-Rapporteurs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to begin by expressing my deep appreciation to each one of you for your commitment and enthusiasm, which you have brought to this room during this past week.
I hope that you have had many opportunities to exchange ideas and get to know one another and make friends, as the Chairman said in her opening remarks. I also hope that you have enjoyed the side events and the world café talk that we have organized for you this week.
I am also very pleased to report that, at this first Study Group 1 meeting, we have had more than 152 participants, out of which we have 115 participants from Member States and 35 from Sector Members, Associates and Academia. This number includes those who have participate remotely. I would like to thank them for their interest in the meeting. I know that sometimes the connection is not good.
This is a great success.
This week we have had very fruitful discussions on a number of issues and I feel that we are now more than ready to embark on the new 2014-2018 study cycle. We have made good progress on the Questions as the various teams have worked hard to establish the work plans that will lead our work for the next four years.
I look forward to seeing all the topics of the questions under study complementing each other and cross-fertilizing with the programmes and Regional Initiatives adopted by WTDC-14.
I am confident that the outputs will be useful, practical and that they respond to the needs of our membership.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As we start the new study period I invite all of you to use the Dubai Declaration, which was approved earlier this year, as your guide and inspiration. The Declaration speaks for itself by making a strong commitment to improve people's lives. I would like to echo what Ms Roxanne McElvane said in her opening remarks, "we are fortunate to work in a sector that makes a difference in the world".
I could not agree more with this statement and I am delighted that you have committed yourselves to use the ITU-D Study Groups as an opportunity to make a difference in the world.
As we close this meeting, I would like to thank the wonderful newly formed Study Group 1 team: Chair Ms McElvane and the Vice-Chairmen and the newly elected Co-Chairman and vice Chairmen of Resolution 9, Rapporteurs and Vice-Rapporteurs.
I would also like to thank my staff, who have worked tirelessly, for their dedication and support under the leadership of Eun-Ju Kim as well as the translators, interpreters, technicians, assistants and all those who have worked behind the scenes to ensure the success of this meeting.
I really look forward to the next four years and the exciting work we will be doing together.
On this note, I would like to wish safe travels to all those who are returning home and a nice and relaxing weekend to those who will be joining us for the Study Group 2 meetings starting on Monday. I thank you for your attention, and, in advance, for the four years to come.