Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, shows its will in exploiting every
means and opportunities to fight against poverty and to ensure a sustainable
development. There is a need to equip developing countries, particularly
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with the necessary enabling environment,
the relevant institutional and management capacity, internationally
competitive telecommunications infrastructure and services, pervasive
penetration of internet technology, skilled human resources and streamlined
ICT applications into development programs. Ethiopia is focusing its
attention on rural development where 85% of population lives.
Ethiopia is undertaking a program whose components include, among others,
satellite based ICTs application in secondary education across the country,
interconnection of higher education entities and implementing district level
connectivity to empower a decentralized development approach. In addition
Ethiopia established, in 2003, a national information and Communication
Technology Development Authority to guide the exploitation of ICTs industry.
Ethiopia is committed to work for the realization of the Summit’s
Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action.