Meeting with ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao

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Belarus supports the idea to create a new global mechanism of Internet regulation. The issue was on the agenda of the meeting of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao on 19 April.

“We are absolutely convinced that there should be no national egoism in the Internet regulation. This very important sphere should be monitored by international organizations, your organization taking into account the existing experience,” the President said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that information and communication technologies are vigorously developing in Belarus. A number of large projects have been implemented in this field in recent years. These include IPTV, raising the Internet access availability to almost 70%, the launch of the 4G technology and the Belarusian communication satellite. “All these will expand our horizons in the IT sector. We have set very ambitious tasks, especially in the development of the broadband Internet access,” the Belarusian leader said.

The head of state stressed that the project to create the so-called electronic government is implemented within the framework of the de-bureaucratization process in Belarus. There is a task to promote digital economy relying on the computerization of all spheres of life of a person and the society in general.

“We are ready to enhance our cooperation with the ITU to develop new communication standards. We are ready to do our best and are doing our best to eradicate gray traffic. We have already done a lot in this field,” Aleksandr Lukashenko assured.

The President noted that the experience of China can be useful in the international regulation of the Internet development as this country has made big progress in this area.

“The issues we are currently addressing are many. But this is the future. The future of our country, the future of the economy, the future of the whole world,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

Houlin Zhao, in turn, said that Belarus is among the leaders in terms of the development of information and communication technologies. “In recent years Belarus has achieved very significant results. Out of 193 member countries of the Union Belarus is 36th on our ICT development rankings. This position is significantly higher than that of China, Russia and the United States,” he said.

Houlin Zhao praised the attention of the Belarusian head of state to the development of the IT sector, the stability of this industry in Belarus, and favorable investment conditions. He stressed that Belarus can also share the best practices and take an active part in various international events.

Aleksandr Lukashenko deems it necessary to enhance the cooperation of Belarus and the International Telecommunication Union. The head of state also pointed out the importance to ensure comprehensive development of this industry.