The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) recently concluded in Rwanda with the adoption of a forward-looking plan to address the global connectivity gap that has locked out 2.9 billion people around the world from internet connectivity.
The Kigali Action Plan comes after a Result Based Management framework based on the ITU-D priorities identified as key work areas that will support the achievement of the ITU Strategic Plan 2024-2027.
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said, “Having this conference in Rwanda is a significant breakthrough.”
“Let us build on this momentum to strengthen the image of ITU as a UN specialised agency and not just for technology but also for development and to fast track digital transformation for all, more so here in Africa,” he said.
The conference brought together over 2000 delegates from across the region.
Commenting on the conference, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, said, “The past two weeks have been intense, but thanks to our delegate’s commitment and hard work, we managed to reach a consensus and build a strong global agreement on core values to drive connectivity that has been the great talent of ITU for over 155 years.”
The conference was chaired by Paula Ingabire, Minister for ICT in the country.
“I want to thank all delegations for their great effort, collaboration, and consensus exerted towards making this WTDC-22 a success and all the contributions made towards the Kigali Action Plan that will move the country forward to bringing connectivity and its benefits to the unconnected over the next four years,” he added.
The Kigali Action Plan aims to ensure that every school is connected to the Internet through the joint ITU-UNICEF Giga initiative.
According to the Minister, the Coalition has mobilised 418 ground-breaking connectivity pledges worth over US$25.05 billion.
The roadmap will also aim to establish a thriving environment for entrepreneurship and digital innovation ecosystems in order to help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.