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Belarus looks to improve its ITU ratings by 2015


According to BelTA Belarus looks to improve its ratings in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by 2015. The statement was made at UN GA Second Committee meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on 12 November, BelTA learnt from the Foreign Ministry of Belarus.

According to the Foreign Ministry, a delegation of Belarus made a speech at the 67th UN GA session, Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Second Secretary of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Belarus in the UN Oksana Melnikovich took note of an important role the information and communication technologies (ICT) play in the development of a new social and economic infrastructure ensuring sustainable economic development of the countries through quality exchange of information.

The Belarusian side emphasized the necessity for the UN to continue consultative and technical assistance to its member states in e-government development and technological exchange.

The participants were informed about the measures taken to develop the information society in the Republic of Belarus. It was also noted that the country looks to improve its positions in the rankings of the International Telecommunication Union by 2015. The development of the information society is a national priority of the Republic of Belarus. The country has adopted a strategy for the information society development until 2015. One of the criteria for assessing the success of the strategy should be significant improvements of Belarus positions on the ICT international charts by 2015.

Belarus has developed the national program of accelerated development of services in the field of information and communication technologies for 2011-2015. The program provides for a series of measures to further develop the information and communication infrastructure, e-government, e-health, e-learning and human capital development.

Oksana Melnikovich stressed the need to establish an appropriate legal framework that will protect Internet users against online piracy, prevent the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes, and also formulate the generally accepted rules of conduct in cyberspace.

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