Serbia hosts regional preparatory meeting for ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014

‘Fostering Growth and Innovation in the ICT Ecosystem’

Geneva, 26 November 2013 – The Regional Preparatory Meeting for Europe, ahead of ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014, opened today in Belgrade. The meeting, in session until 28 November, will assess the ongoing implementation of the Hyderabad Plan of Action agreed at the last edition of the Conference in 2010 and identify priority areas for ICT development strategies in Europe.

The gathering of policy makers, regulators and experts from around the world at ITU’s sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) will forge a global plan of action for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré welcomed the preparatory meeting in Belgrade. “Europe is the home of ITU, which was established in Paris 148 years ago and is now at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva,” Dr Touré said. “We must ensure that Europe remains the leading hub for ICTs fostering growth and innovation in the global ICT ecosystem as we move rapidly forward in embracing the digital world.”

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