ITU commends Ethiopia’s digital economy strategy


The first ever fully remote meeting of Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) opened virtually on June 2, 2020 under the theme ‘Let’s seize the momentum to ‘Build back better’ after COVID-19’ and ended on Friday 05 June 2020. The Advisory Group plays a key consultation role in defining the action to accelerate digital development.
Abraham Belay, Minister of Innovation and Technology during his remark at the meeting on June 4 said “what unites all is our commitment to make the world a better place by connecting the unconnected and fast tracking ICT development for all.” He commended the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Director for successfully leading the important discussions on the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WDTC) reform during the CoVID-19 crisis. He also emphasized that this crisis has highlighted WDTC-21 must make a difference and be solution oriented.
The Minister also reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to the WTDC reform and the ongoing preparatory process. The Minister concluded his remarks by stating that his country supports the hosting of a youth summit in November just before WTDC, expressing his gratitude to the Director of BDT for setting up the WTDC-21 website and stating that he is looking forward to welcoming all participants to Addis Ababa next year and to host WTDC for the first time in Africa.