The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has made a significant announcement, appointing Dr. Umar Saif, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Technology & Telecommunication, to the Digital Innovation Board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development.
This alliance, established by the ITU, aims to bridge the global digital innovation divide and support ITU members in their efforts towards achieving an equitable digital future.
Dr. Umar Saif joins a distinguished group of 17 other individuals, all nominated based on their track record in innovation, to provide strategic guidance, expertise, and advocacy for the alliance’s objectives and vision.
The Digital Innovation Board, a key component of the alliance, has been tasked with offering strategic guidance and expertise to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in digital development, with the ultimate goal of creating a more inclusive and equitable digital future for all.
As the Alliance works to accelerate innovation capacity and create linkages at national, regional, and global levels, the Digital Innovation Board will lead the dialogue on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in digital development with relevant stakeholders, including UN agencies, governments, and the private sector.
Dr. Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), will serve as one of the Co-Chairs of the Digital Innovation Board, with the second Co-Chair to be nominated during the inaugural Board Meeting.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development, initiated by the BDT Director, aims to build critical local enablers to navigate the evolving digital landscape and enhance ITU’s capabilities in delivering new products and services to its membership.
The selection of eighteen distinguished individuals to serve on the Digital Innovation Board underscores the collective commitment to advancing the alliance’s vision of an equitable and sustainable digital future for all.
ITU, established in 1865, is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). It plays a vital role in allocating global radio spectrum, developing technical standards, and improving access to ICTs for underserved communities worldwide.