UN Outlines Long-term Plan for Haiti’s Telecom Sector

The International Telecommunication Union has started developing long-term plans to build state-of-the-art telecommunication systems in Haiti. ITU said it aims to provide Haiti with reliable telecommunication systems, remote sensing technologies, geographic information systems and other technologies necessary to mitigate the effects of future disasters. The U.N. agency is currently trying to re-establish telephone and Internet connections in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“Haiti needs a lot of assistance. Even before the earthquake, it was one of the least developed countries in the world,” said Cosmas Zavazava, chief of ITU’s emergency telecommunications division.

“It will need a strong infrastructure to run e-business, e-agriculture, e-environment, e-education, and e-health efficiently,” Zavazava added. “E-applications and e-services are a critical ingredient to today’s results-based business model.”

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