The World Telcommunication Development Conference and World Plenipotentiary Conference (WTDC-17)started on a high note today in Victoria Falls with a large turnout of 194 member states with 174 delegates attending from 31 countries from International Telecommunication Union member states turning up for the meeting.
This meeting is a precursor to the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) to be held in Buenos Aires Argentina in October this year. Addressing delegates, ICT Postal and Courier Services deputy minister Win Mlambo said such an event helps African countries tackle challenges they face in the telecommunication sector.
By Miriam Kunjanja in Victoria Falls
“The regional Preparatory Meetings aim at engaging the membership of the ITU in the WTDC-17 process in order to achieve regional coordination before the conference and also seek to identify issues at the regional level that need to addressed to foster the development of telecommunication/ICTs taking into account the most pressing needs faced by Member States and Sector Members of the Region,” he said.
The meeting intends to address five key issues namely the draft of the output document of WTDC 17, the draft of the ITU-D Contribution to the ITU Strategic plan for 2020-2023, the Preliminary Draft ITU-D action plan 2018-2021 comprising regional initiatives, new and revised resolutions and recommendations to support the fulfilment of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector’s objectives; the preliminary draft WDTC-17 Declaration ahead of WTDC-17 and other questions to be studied by ITU -D Study Groups.
The first preparatory meeting which was held in Rwanda was aimed at the implementation WTDC 2014 results and their contribution to World Summit on the Information Society/ sustainable Development Goals (WSIS/SDG) plans and the projects launched under the regional initiatives