Signing Of Letter Of Intent Between USAID And The International Telecommunication Union

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Office of Press Relations

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), represented by Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Doreen Bogdan-Martin, agreed to a Letter of Intent (LOI) to strengthen collaboration on Information Communications Technology (ICT). This LOI establishes a basis for ongoing dialogue and cooperation between the two organizations to promote open, interoperable, reliable, and secure ICT infrastructure in developing countries, in line with USAID’s Digital Strategy.

An estimated 3.7 billion people in the world do not have access to the Internet. Closing this digital divide requires global cooperation, leadership, and innovation in finance and technology, a need that is even more important as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this LOI, USAID and the ITU will collaborate on shared priorities, including using new technologies to modernize service delivery, connecting schools to open and secure internet, expanding access to local and national broadband networks, and working with partners to advance gender equality in the digital age.

Last updated: April 27, 2021

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