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WSIS opens in Geneva

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The 2015 World Summit on the Information Society forum -WSIS- has officially opened in Geneva Switzerland, with a call to all countries to ensure universal access to mobile phone network.

Officially opening the forum, International Telecommunication Union Secretary General, Houlin Zhao said access to ICTs such as the mobile phone is a key driver of development.

Mr. Zhao said governments striving to achieve economic development should put deliberate policies to ensure access to ICTs if their citizens are to be part of the development agenda.

And in a televised message, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon implored all governments to prioritise ICTs and make it part of their political agenda if they are to record meaningful development.

He said development is useless if citizens are not well informed for them to be part of the agenda.

And Tunisia’s Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Noaman Fehri shared with the delegates how people in his country used the mobile phone to topple an oppressive regime.

Zambia is being represented at the forum by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Transport Charles Sipanje who is scheduled to make his policy statement later this evening.

The forum has drawn participants from all the countries which are members of the International Communications Union and United Nations Agencies.

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