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Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré 

PP-14 Host Country Agreement Signing Ceremony

 Welcome Remarks

21 October 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Minister Choi Mun-kee
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and a tremendous honour to be with you here today – and I am delighted to be here in the Republic of Korea to celebrate the first day of the year-long countdown to next year’s Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan.

PP-14 will mark another important ten-yearly anniversary for ITU in this region:
  • Firstly because we are delighted to have the Plenipotentiary Conference back in the Asia-pacific region for the first time in 20 years, since we held PP-94 in Kyoto, Japan, at the end of 1994;
  • And secondly because we are very excited about returning to Busan, which of course was the host for the very successful ITU Telecom Asia 2004 event.

I think we all recognize the tremendous amount of hard work which has already been done in getting this far, and in the incredible progress already achieved.

Congratulations are due to all the teams involved: for achieving so much in the space of just a few months; and in reaching agreements on all of the elements necessary to a successful host country agreement.

A sound and solid host country agreement is of course indispensable to having a successful conference next year – in terms of logistics, staffing, finances and all of the other important matters which make up the agreement.

Of course the host country agreement is just one piece of a much larger jigsaw, and there is much other work that has already been done and much more ongoing over the next twelve months.

The internal preparatory process is moving forward with confidence, and the Busan Preparatory Group has already met twice.

I am also delighted to see that the host country PP-14 website went live just last week, on 14 October, and that ITU’s PP-14 website is going live even as we speak!

Let me therefore close these brief remarks with a note about the PP-14 logo, which we are very pleased with.

The logo takes its general design from the radio waves which are all around us – and which are essential not just to so much of ITU’s work, but to bringing the social and economic benefits of connectivity to all of the world’s people, wherever they live.

The five traditional Korean colours and ribbons that make up the logo are a representation of the five ITU regions which will be engaging in discussions and debates at PP-14 to decide on a unified policy to take ITU forward over the next four years.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am enormously looking forward to being back here in Korea in a year’s time for the start of PP-14, and I am confident that the conference will be a success not just for ITU’s membership, but for Korea as the host country.

Thank you for your attention – and let’s continue working well together over the next twelve months (and three weeks!).

Thank you.