Ursula Owusu-Ekuful presenting the report
PARTICIPANTS AT the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Bucharest, Romania, have applauded the outcomes of World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum WTPF-21.
The report, presented by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, who chaired the 6th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22), summarised the preparatory process, roll-out and outcome of the WTPF-21, which covered five thematic areas.
It called on governments to provide an enabling environment for the development and deployment of new and emerging telecommunication/ICT services and, to advance sustainable development; while providing affordable and secure connectivity in mobilising new and emerging telecommunications/ICTs for sustainable development; and also providing digital literacy and skills for inclusive access.
Participants at the plenary
The report also tasked governments to include a new and emerging technologies and services to facilitate the use of telecommunications/ICTs for sustainable development, as well as the use of telecommunications/ICTs in COVID-19 and future pandemic, and epidemic preparedness and response.
The Plenipotentiary Conference (PP) is ITU’s highest policy-making body which meets once every four years to set the union’s general policies, adopt the four-year strategic and financial plans, as well as elect the senior management team of the organisation, the Member States of the Council, and the members of the Radio Regulations Board.