President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by Proclamation, declared May 17, as “World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,” and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a working holiday, since the day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, May 18.
The proclamation is in consonance with the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution (A/RES/60/252) in May 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated on the 17 of May each year, the ITU comprised of 192 member states and over 700 sector members and is the Specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible to facilitate development of Telecommunication & ICT services globally.
The proclamation further states that Liberia being a founding member of the ITU shall support and uphold rules and procedures laid down by the world body in our strive to support plans of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Summit on Information Society (WSIS), geared towards building competencies in ICT, especially of women and girls and physically challenged individuals through the promotion of equitable access to opportunities provided by ICT.
Liberia through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications will join member states of ITU to celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17, under the theme: “TELECOMMUNICATION & ICTS: DRIVES OF INNOVATIONS”.
President Sirleaf, in the proclamation called upon all Government Ministries and Agencies, Business Houses, National and International ICT organizations concerned, Telecommunication Companies and Internet Service Providers, to cooperate with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.