Int’l coop on digital technology essential to achieve 2030 agenda: Amin

Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin ul Haque on Monday said that international cooperation on digital technology is essential to help defeat Covid-19 and achieve the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development (SD).

In his statement on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, the minister said “Today the World is different because of the pandemic, evolving technology, the times have changed.

We are in an information society where information is the most significant aspect of society.”

He said that digital and Information communication technology is a beacon of hope, progress, enabling billions of people around the world to connect and interact.

He said the main objective of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is to raise global awareness of social changes brought about by the internet and new technologies he said added, ”It also aims to help reduce the digital divide”.

Syed Amin ul Haque said, the day reflects on the ICT advances for transition to smart and sustainable development.

It focuses on specific ICT-enabled solutions and emerging trends for fostering economic, environmental, and social sustainability, innovation, partnership and acceleration Digital transformation in the challenging times.

He said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, connectivity became the foundation of all sustainable development pillars and the use of Telecommunication and Internet came as a utility.

Under current ongoing pandemic connectivity with loved ones, with schools and colleges, with workplaces, with healthcare professionals and essential supplies– are more important than ever.

Amin ul Haque said that the International Telecommunication Union continues to work with the information and communication technology community and UN agencies to help manage and end this crisis, and recover better.