Press release: Global ICT regulatory meeting highlights key role of innovation in driving ICT development

Debates stressed need for more innovative approaches to funding challenges, ICT taxation, network sharing and licensing of new services

Libreville, Gabon,11 June, 2015 – Promoting digital inclusion and closing the ‘digital gap’ between a handful of highly industrialized economies and the world’s many emerging markets and developing economies will require an innovation-oriented mindset that seeks out new approaches to regulation as well as to traditional challenges such as infrastructure funding, service delivery, and taxation of ICT goods and services, according to delegates at ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-15), which was held this week at the Stade de l’Amitié in the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

The GSR, world’s largest specialized gathering of ICT regulators and policy specialists from the public and private sectors, was chaired this year by Lin Mombo, President of Gabon’s ICT regulator, the Autorité de Régulations des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP). The event was co-hosted by ITU and ARCEP, under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon.


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