Press release: Korean international ICT Ministerial gathering: information and communication technology are critical drivers of growth

Over 50 government ministers gather in Busan to define vision of an ICT-led future

Busan, 19 October 2014 – Information and communication technology (ICT) must be recognized as the key catalyst that will enable countries worldwide to transform their economies and drive socio-economic progress, according to a meeting of over 50 government ministers from around the world.

Issued at the close of the 2014 Busan Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Ministerial Meeting, on the eve of the opening of ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14), the ‘’Busan Declaration’ stresses the “fundamental goal of building an inclusive information society enabling everyone to create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, and of attaining internationally agreed development goals and objectives”.

The Declaration emphasizes the importance of digital inclusion, not just for people in developing countries yet to come online, but for marginalized and vulnerable groups such as women, children, low-income earners, indigenous peoples, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

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