Ethiopia to Host ITU Regional Development Forum for Africa

Ethiopia will host the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Development Forum for Africa which will be held from 3 to 5 October, 2023 in Addis Ababa.

The Forum, which is organized by ITU, will take place under the theme “Digital transformation for a sustainable and equitable digital future: Accelerating the implementation of the SDGs in Africa through digital transformation".

The Regional Development Forum for Africa provides an opportunity for the exchange of views between ITU Member States, Sector Members, partners and other stakeholders.

It will provide an opportunity for matchmaking regional as well as country specific priorities and partners' pledges as announced since the launch of the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

The overall aim is to convert pledges into concrete commitments that will result in the implementation of concrete impactful projects in accordance with the priorities adopted and contained in the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) including Regional Initiatives, according to a statement from ITU.

The forum also provides an opportunity for the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) to report on the progress that has been made towards the implementation of the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2022 (WTDC-22), including the four Regional Initiatives for Africa.

ITU's global membership includes 193 Member States as well as some 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.

Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency