​​​​​​​​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has opened the ITU area office and innovation centre in New Delhi. The new office includes ITU’s first centre for innovation, positioning it as a hub for promoting advanced technologies within the region and beyond.

Speaking at the inauguration, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Railways, said, “India remains committed to ITU’s vision of universal, reliable, and affordable communication. It is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India contributes to ITU commensurate to its aspirations. It is a moment of joy that the ITU area office and innovation centre is being inaugurated today. I am happy to note that the area office will also have an innovation centre, which is the first of its kind under the aegis of ITU. I am sure the area office and innovation centre will play an important role in the development of new telecom technologies.”​

The ITU area office and innovation centre brings together government, industry, academia and others in an entrepreneurial environment so that digital technology advancements in sectors such as agriculture, health, and education can reach the communities that need them most.

Meanwhile, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General of ITU, said, “With tremendous gratitude for the generous support of India, ITU is now able to work even closer to the people it serves. Meaningful connectivity and innovation are tightly linked, and we will use our new presence in South Asia to expand the benefits of digital technology for everyone, everywhere.”

ITU, the United Nations’ specialised agency for information and communication technologies, will also use the office to strengthen collaborative action on universal connectivity and sustainable digital transformation.

Further,  Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU, said, “ITU’s new office in India will help us address the opportunities and challenges in the South Asia region. Innovation coupled with digital access, affordability, and skills should equate to transformational impact on communities in all the countries ITU serves.”

The facility is located within the Centre for Development of Telematics. The office is funded by the Government of India.