Ethiopia straps up ICT to its development – Dr. Debretsion

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Addis Ababa, 13 June 2014 (WIC) –Ethiopia has expanded and tied up Information Communication Technology (ICT) to its economic development, Minister of Information Communication Technology with the Rank of Deputy Minister Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael said.
Speaking at World Summit on the Information Society + 10 held from June 2-5, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Debretsion said that Ethiopia has extensively using information communication technology for its development and registered encouraging results in the past ten consecutive years.
Having recognized the contribution of ICT in alleviating poverty and ensuring sustainable development, the Ethiopian government has designed policy, strategy and program in the sector and carrying out it. 
In his speech at that Higher Level Policy Session held in Geneva, the minister emphasized that Ethiopia is in the right truck to meet six of the Millennium Development Goals and working day in day out to achieve the rest.
The country has exerted a lot of efforts to expand Information Communication Technology Infrastructure that enabled to install        e-governance and fiber optics has networked in most areas of the country, he added. 
Land and wireless telephone, mobile and internets services have expanded well including the rural areas.
The minister also added that ICT is applied to help the developments in health, education and agriculture which would play greater roles in the entire development of the country.
World Summit on the Information Society + 10 has evaluated the role ICT has played in development in the past ten years and endorsed next ten years plan.