The Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha addressing at the launch of the “DARPAN” – Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for a New India, in New Delhi on December 21, 2017.
The ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre will be established in New Delhi.
According to an Indian government statement released Tuesday, this was announced by Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General (SG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), during the 4th BRICS Communications Ministers Meeting held in Durban, South Africa.
ITU is a United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), with membership of 193 countries and nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions.
Commenting on this announcement, Minister of State for Communications, Manoj Sinha, who was present when the announcement was made, said – “The establishment of this ITU local area office will be an important milestone for us, as it signifies global recognition of the progress we have made in the field of ICT. It also places on us the responsibility to work with our neighboring countries to take the benefits of the rapid developments in this technology-driven industry to our people in the South Asia region.”
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As a member of the ITU since 1869, according to the government statement, India has traditionally played a harmonizing role in the deliberations and exchanges of the body, always respecting the core principles of equality and consensus-building.
The country has also been a regular member of the ITU Council since 1952. The ITU South Asia Office will serve nine countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, in addition to the host country – which together account for nearly 24% of the global population.
The ITU Local Area Office will also impart a significant boost to technological reach and benefits for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which act as catalysts in the inclusive growth of a region’s economy and employment.
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