Global telecoms conference opens in Dubai
ITU’s WTDC-14 opens at World Trade Centre
The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) opened yesterday in the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will run until Thursday April 10th.
The opening press conference was attended by Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, secretary general of the ITU, Brahima Sanou, director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) and H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) who was elected as the official WTDC-14 conference chair.
"WTDC-14 represents a pivotal moment in the global ICT agenda with much of the decisions and agreements made here in Dubai having a positive impact right across the world," H.E. Mohamad Al Qamzi, chairman of the UAE's TRA.
"We all gather with the same intention, that being to extend the benefits of ICT to those who need it most and propel the world one step closer to the full implementation of a genuine global information society. Owing to the significance of the event the preparation behind the scenes for WTDC-14 has been meticulous and the entire nation looks forward to the rest of the conference with great promise," he added.
"Without doubt the opening day was an overwhelming success and as the official WTDC-14 host nation, the UAE is confident that the momentum generated on March 30th will be continued right up until the closing stages on April 10th. The conference agenda is an ambitious one with many items to discuss and key decisions to make in order to collectively identify the ICT development priorities for the next four years," he concluded.
Held under the theme "Broadband for Sustainable Development", over 1,500 official delegates and over 50 ICT ministers were in attendance from over 130 countries.