ARC participates in the World Telecommunication Development Conference

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The Communications Regulatory Authority (ARC) is participating in the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21), organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) from June 6 to 16 at the Kigali Convention Center in Rwanda under the theme “Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development”.
The WTDC is normally held every four years and this year brings together more than 2,000 members of the international community, including heads of state, government ministers, national delegations from 153 countries, prominent leaders of the digital sector, high-level representatives of regional bodies including the African Union and the European Union, and senior officials of non-governmental organizations.

ARC exchanges views and experiences with stakeholder at WRDC-21

WTDC is dedicated to driving digital transformation in line with the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations (UN). The Conference represents an opportunity for the international community to forge innovative digital-first strategies to help break down chronic barriers to socio-economic development.
The WTDC aims to adopt a global roadmap for digital transformation and ultimately help put meaningful access to digital technologies in the hands of billions of people around the world.
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT), driving innovation in ICT with 193 Member States and more than 900 companies, universities and international and regional organizations . ARC is keen to participate in the WTDC to exchange views and experiences with stakeholders and participate effectively in key discussions to contribute to the development of the global ICT sector and the achievement of the SDGs and greater digital inclusion in the world.
At WTDC-21, the Partner2Connect (P2C) Digital Development Roundtable was held June 7-9 in a hybrid format, combining virtual and physical participation. The roundtable discussed effective digital development strategies and participants were briefed on each stakeholder’s needs, commitments and available resources to bridge the digital divide. It provided an opportunity for Member States, the private sector, academia, civil society, international organizations and other entities to announce their commitments related to the P2C digital coalition and together drive forward digital transformation. for everyone.
Expected outcomes of WTDC-21 include the announcement of over 360 pledges and commitments, in addition to the adoption of the Kigali Declaration and Plan of Action, which is considered a global roadmap for national, regional and global digital development and defines the priorities of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) for the next four years.


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