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Haiti - Techology : Important visit for the Telecommunications Sector
22/07/2012 14:26:58

Haiti - Techology : Important visit for the Telecommunications Sector
Following the Summit of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Panama, to which the President Michel Martelly attended around the theme "Connect Americas", Dr. Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary-General, is arrived Friday in Haiti for a visit of 48 hours, an important visit for the telecommunications sector. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ITU and the Haitian state, justifying the support of the ITU to the sector of information technology and communication (ICT) in Haiti is the main reason for this trip, during which Dr. Toure, will also meet with stakeholders of telecommunications in Haiti. According to CONATEL it will be a technical meeting concerning among other things, the digital switchover, planned for Haiti in 2015.

Dr. Hamadoun Toure was received by Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe and Jean Marie Guillaume, the Director General of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), at the Diplomatic Room of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport.

The Secretary General of the ITU declared "...it is very important today that we have in place, in each country, a national policy based on broadband, and I am very pleased that the CONATEL with the Ministry has already established a national policy that is today one of the best designed in the Caribbean region. You must know it, worldwide there are over 6 billion mobile phone subscribers and over 2.4 billion people are connected to the Internet."

Jean-Marie Guillaume, Director of Conatel has indicated "...from the month of September we will start a project on the management of frequencies that we so desperately need. We also have a project on the frequencies monitoring and the interference problems [...] we already start working on draft laws and with the ITU, we believe that by the end of the year there will be 4 to 5 bills, that we will present to Parliament."

For his part, Prime Minister, Lamothe, speaking to the Secretary General of the ITU explained "...the telecommunications sector is a growth area, a free sector, a sector of excellence. We have companies that participate not only to economic but also in the social development of Haiti. Today, Dr. Toure [...] thanks to telecommunications, the Haitian government is able to afford schooling to more than 1 million students, which is in itself historic..."

Haiti commits with the Information Technology and Communication ICT, undoubtedly, on the way of the modernity, even if the road is still long to clear the backlog. The DAI measures the possibility for individuals from one country to access and use ICTs, calculated in Haiti by the Observatory on the Penetration of Information Technology and Communication in Haiti (OPTICH), is of 0.25. While the same index in the region, is 0.42 in the Dominican Republic, 0.38 in Cuba, 0.53 in Jamaica and 0.78 in the United States.

But beyond of its strictly technological dimension, the development of digital and of broadband in Haiti, is also a political-economic issue in the Government's commitment towards the decentralization of services of the State.

Learn more about ITU
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in which governments and the private sector are coordinating, is responsible for the regulation and planning of telecommunications in the world, it establishes standards for the sector and disseminate all the necessary technical information to permit the exploitation of global telecommunication services. In this context, it also manages the allocation of radio frequency bands for wireless communication (IFRB - International Frequency Registration Board).

See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-5940-haiti-technologie-l-avenir-d-haiti-depend-de-sa-capacite-a-exploiter-les-tic-discours.html (in french)

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