Kenya has successfully pushed for the adoption of a resolution that will see stronger support for ICT innovations, particularly in developing countries.
The new resolution titled, ITU’s role in fostering telecommunication/ICT centric innovation to promote development of digital economy, was adopted at the 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It will see the ITU play an increasingly prominent role to support initiatives that promote ICT innovations which have gained recognition as being critical in socio-economic development.
ICT innovations are the driving force behind the emergence and growth of digital economies. Even though there is lack of uniform definition, digital economy is a new concept that is associated to digital networking and communication infrastructures that provide a global platform which people and organisations devise strategies, interact, communicate, collaborate and search for information.
In Kenya, the ITU is already working with the Communications Authority of Kenya in the review of the country’s ICT-centric innovation ecosystem, whose output will be useful in guiding in the development of a framework for ICT innovations.
The resolutions that were passed touched on various areas including the use of telecommunications and information communication technologies to bridge the digital divide and build an inclusive information society; strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of IT, International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) and issues related to cybersecurity.