Belarus is ready to continue active cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Secretary General of the organization Houlin Zhao.
Belarus has recently made significant progress in the way of informatization. As a confirmation: the country is now 36th in ITU ranking among 193 member countries.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that the pace of development in this area is not going to slow down in Belarus. The plans include the introduction of information and communication technologies in a variety of areas ranging from trade and media to industry and agriculture.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Belarus has done a lot. Our state-run company Beltelecom has implemented the project on IP -TV ZALA. The percentage of Internet users in Belarus is about 70%.We have recently commissioned a 4G communication system. Finally, we have recently launched a communication satellite, which will expand our capabilities in the field of information and communication technologies. We have set ourselves very ambitious targets, especially in terms of the development of broadband Internet network. As part of de-bureaucratization, we have been working for several years to create the so-called e-government. We have set the goal of transition to a digital economy based on informatization of all spheres of human life, our society, and other tasks, which we will solve in the near future. At the same time we are ready to collaborate more effectively in terms of the development of new communications standards, we are ready to fight against illegal traffic, and we've already done a lot. In short, there are enough questions. But this is the future, the future of our country, the economy and the future of the world.
The International Telecommunication Union is one of the oldest organizations in the UN system. Belarus joined the union in 1947. According to the general secretary of the Union, the successful implementation of ICT in the country is the result of active work of the state and creation of a favorable investment climate.
Houlin Zhao also stressed that Belarus can share successful experiences with other countries. The Organization is interested in Belarus taking part in specialized international exhibitions and forums.
Houlin Zhao, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union:
Among the 193 member countries of the Union Belarus occupies 36th place. This is higher than China, Russia and the United States. Our organization has a plan for the development of telecommunications. It provides for the achievement of certain indicators by 2020. In Belarus, you performed the tasks already in 2015. Thus, Belarus is one of the ten most active and fastest growing states in the field of information and communication technologies.