Hamadoun Toure met with Vladimir Putin, prime minister of the Russian
Federation during a visit to UN Headquarters in Geneva, where they discussed
global access to the benefits of information and communication technologies.
Prime minister Putin
reaffirmed his support and that of the Russian Federation to ITU and to the
growth and development of the ICT sector.
Russia is determined
to contribute to the work of the Union and to strengthen the collaboration with
Putin referred to the
importance of information technologies, in particular Internet services, which
have a key position on the international agenda. When we are talking about the
democratization of international relations, we cannot ignore information
technology,” Putin added.
Hamadoun Toure said solid political and technical support from the Russian
Federation has contributed to the adoption of many ITU resolutions and
decisions, which have helped deliver social and economic progress worldwide.
He lauded Russia on
its stellar progress in the ICT sector, pointing out that the Russian
population enjoys 166 per cent mobile cellular subscriptions, which is over
twice the global average.
Toure pointed out
that while mobile connectivity is continuing to grow in Russia, more remains to
be achieved in the roll out of broadband. He said that Russia’s scientific
contribution to the global community, in particular to space exploration and
radiocommunication, have helped us meet our objectives to connect the world. He
also shared his views on the future development of the Internet and highlighted
the importance of international cooperation on cybersecurity.