The Postmaster General of Liberia, Dr. Fredrick B. Norkeh, has said that the fibre optic broadband connectivity of ministries and international agencies in Liberia is part of the benefits of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Dr. Norkeh made the remark recently in observance of the World Telecommunications Day.
Liberia’s participation in the World Telecommunication Union and Information Communication Technology (ICT) made it possible for the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fibre optic cable to be brought to Liberia, said Dr. Norkeh. The ACE fibre optic cable is connecting government ministries, agencies, public corporations, commissions as well as national and international non-governmental organizations.
“It is our hope that by celebrating this day, sector members in Liberia will realize the critical obligation on their part to harness the possibilities of ICT by extension of broadband services. These broadband services will achieve and sustain development during the deployment of broadband infrastructures throughout Liberia,” Dr. Norkeh said.
He revealed that national commitment is already yielding high speed broadband internet connectivity for several institutions, including the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank and three of the major GSM companies, who are realizing improved services to subscribers.
In his message, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that in 2015, the sector’s 150th anniversary was celebrated, reaffirming its reputation worldwide as one of the most resilient and relevant organizations devoted to connecting the world with the most innovative means of communication.
Emphasizing this year’s theme, “ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact”, Mr. Houlin said the ICT sector is among the most profitable and successful businesses, and has revolutionized the way the world communicates.
“Through a combination of forward-looking government policies and regulatory reforms, international standards, industry innovation and investment in infrastructure, and new services, billions of people have been brought into the information society in a remarkably short period of time.
This is a shared achievement for which we can all be proud,” he said.
“Building on this foundation, we are now in an increasingly smart, networked environment encompassing cloud computing, big data, and new applications in diverse areas from health to finance, while moving towards a future of smart transport systems and cities.
“We advance the roll-out of infrastructure and connectivity, the role of services and applications will grow along with the potential for many innovative smaller players to enter the market with solutions to address local needs.”
Mr. Houlin said ICT entrepreneurship is set to bring about a paradigm shift when it comes to making significant social impact.
“We need their expertise, innovation and investment to achieve our common goals of sustainable economic and social development.”