Thursday, September 13, 2007

ITU Focuses on Connect "Africa" Initiative

This week the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is hosting a series of events at U.N. headquarters in New York aimed at building support for the "Connect Africa Initiative", whose mission is to bridge major gaps in ICT infrastructure in Africa with the aim of supporting affordable connectivity, applications and services.

Connect Africa aims to promote the private sector investment required for sustainable network infrastructure development. It is designed to build on current public and private ICT projects by targeting major gaps, mobilizing resources and enhancing coordination in support of national and regional activities.

This week's meetings are being chaired by Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Craig Barrett, Chairman of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Development and Walter Fust, Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.