Posted on: 23rd November 2018
Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi (left) deposits the signed Final Acts of the 2018 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference. The Acts are the final decisions of the meeting and are binding on all member states. Kenya pushed for adoption of a new resolution that will see the ITU support of ICT centric innovations
Kenya successfully pushed for the adoption of a resolution that will see stronger support for ICT innovations, particularly in developing countries.
The new resolution titled, ITU’s role in fostering telecommunication/ICT centric innovation to promote development of digital economy was adopted at the 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It will see the ITU play a increasingly prominent role to support initiatives that promote ICT innovations which are have increasingly gained recognition as being critical in socio-economic development.
ICT innovations are seen as the driving force behind the emergence and growth of digital economies. Even though there is lack of uniform definition, digital economy is a new concept that is associated to digital networking and communication infrastructures that provide a global platforms over which people and organizations devise strategies, interact, communicate, collaborate and search for information.
It is widely accepted that the growth of the digital economy has widespread impact on the whole economy.
In Kenya, the ITU is already working with the Authority in the review of the country’s ICT-centric innovation ecosystem, whose output will be useful in guiding in the development of a framework for ICT innovations.
The event, which is the supreme decision-making organ of the ITU, also considered several issues of interest that would shape the utilization of ICTs globally for the attainment of the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs).
The more than 60 resolutions passed touched on various areas including the use of telecommunications/information and communication technologies to bridge the digital divide and build an inclusive information society; strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies, International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) and issues related to cyber security, among others.