In a Declaration released on June 14, 2016, Commonwealth ICT ministers at a closed-door meeting session in London have unanimously endorsed the strategic plan for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) for 2016 – 2020.
The strategic plan was presented at the biennial ministerial meeting by the CTO’s Secretary-General Shola Taylor and was approved by members of the CTO Council in March.
Mr Taylor expressed his pleasure in the support each of the ministers gave for the use of ICTs in leading their national development agenda in key areas. He commended their unanimous support of the strategic plan. He also gave the ministers a report of the CTO’s recent Commonwealth coordination initiatives, including in radio communications, Internet governance and cyber security.
Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, spoke about the role of the CTO during the opening of the meeting and congratulated the CTO on its 115th anniversary being celebrated this year.
Dr Emmanuel Mallia, Malta’s Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, and Chairman of this year’s Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum said “Of the many government functions in our respective countries, expectations on using information and communication technology to improve the lives of our citizens are particularly high”.