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World Telecommunications Day
"ICT entrepreneurship for social impact"

World Telecommunications Day theme for 2016
17 May
The focus of much of telecommunications activities world wide is to harmonize national policies, bridge technological differences, foster interconnectivity and interoperability of systems on a global scale. The result is to bring the world closer - through a phone call, via an email, by watching TV or surfing the web.

One of the key objectives of the World Telecommunications Day is to increase global awareness of the advantages that information and communications technologies have to offer and increase access to ICTs for a greater percentage of the population, especially the lower income groups in developing countries.

Since 2006, the World Telecommunication Day carries added significance as 17 May has also been identified by the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society as "World Information Society Day".. The day is now officially called the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

In 2016, the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2016) will focus on the theme: "ICT entrepreneurship for social impact", as endorsed by the International Telecommunication Union Council.

ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner.

They are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the current knowledge economy.

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GDRC has been working on themes related to this international day/observance, in its programme on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

GDRC reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the World Telecommunications Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, " ... bringing the world a little closer".

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