The International Communications Union (ITU) at its 2014 World Telecommunication and Information Society Award honoured Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; a former world richest man, Carlos Slim and Park Geun-Hye, President of Korea for initiatives that advance broadband diffusion.
The UN specialised agency that promotes ICT sad that the trio were recognised for their leadership and dedication towards promoting ICTs and broadband connectivity as a means of achieving sustainable development.
Hamadoun Toure, while welcoming the award recipients to the event said that, “our distinguished laureates this year are among the greatest champions of ICT in the world. They have supported our work with tremendous zeal, and together we have accomplished a lot – particularly in highlighting the key role ICTs play in the global economy as well as in leveraging sustainable development.”
The Award ceremony was followed by a round-table discussion on how broadband connectivity and ICTs can be used to drive the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2014, themed “Broadband for Sustainable Development” marks the 149th anniversary of the establishment of ITU.