Strengthening ICT Connectivity and Digital Inclusion of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

A joint event organised by the United Nations Office of High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

8 April 2019, Geneva

The 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face unique development challenges derived from their geographical positioning. They lack direct territorial access to the sea, are remote and isolated from world markets and depend on neighbouring and coastal countries for access to undersea cables and international internet bandwidths, and for their communication connectivity. Long routes, complicated administrative transit procedures, multiple border crossings and inadequate infrastructure all substantially increase the transport and trade transaction costs incurred by LLDCs.

ICT plays a particularly valuable role in helping LLDCs tackle these issues and in addressing the three pillars of sustainable development, and its importance  is highlighted in the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries for the Decade 2014-2024 (VPoA) which calls on LLDCs to make broadband policy universal, promote open and affordable internet access for all and actively engage to address the digital divide.

In this regard, the United Nations Office of High Representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small islands developing states (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are joining hand in addressing this important issue through “Strengthening ICT Connectivity and Digital Inclusion of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)” event, taking place on the side line of WSIS Forum 2019, on 8 April 2019, in Geneva.

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Summary Report of the Event

Concept Notes

Opening Remarks

Speakers

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