By PIUS RUGONZIBWA, 2nd May 2011 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3411
THE United Nations has commended Tanzania on its progress towards enhancing Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr Hamadoun Toure, said despite success reached so far, more political will was needed to make the sector grow at the right pace.
''Tanzania with other poor countries in African countries needed to have clear a political vision on ICT policies,'' Dr Toure said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.
Dr Toure challenged the African countries to leverage the power of affordable new wireless systems for them to expand communications to remote areas.
''Tanzania has succeeded to create a very dynamic mobile sector, which is growing very fast and ITU will continue helping countries to manage the change by providing the support they need to meet new challenges,'' he noted.
He said licensing innovative operators was important for the rural population to benefit from the ICT and that can be achieved through creating a regulatory environment that stimulates competitions.
''ICT network is becoming expensive to install since no player can go alone,'' he said, adding that public and private sectors needed to have a stake in it.
According to Dr Toure, ICT was among the vital sectors clearly stated in the Millennium Development Goals cluster eight 8 in the context of a global partnership for development.
He said next week, there will be the UN's Least Developing Countries (LDC) meeting to be held in Turkey to review the progress in the World's 49 LDCs. Similar meeting was last held in 2001.
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