The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, business and civil society organisations. It provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge-sharing programmes in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the specific areas of telecommunications, IT, broadcasting and the Internet.
The work of the CTO goes back to its creation in 1901 as the Pacific Cable Board. Since then, the CTO has been at the centre of continuous and extensive international communications development funding, co-operation and assistance programmes. Since 1985, the organisation has delivered to its recipient members in Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, over 3,500 bilateral and multilateral telecommunications and ICT capacity-building projects in the form of policy, operational and regulatory training and expert assistance.
This long history as a development agency provides the organisation with a unique and growing delivery capacity of ICT-for-development programmes and services. Recently, the CTO has significantly reviewed its mandate to reflect and respond to today’s global development challenge as set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Today, our mission is to offer the highest quality programmes for capacity development, knowledge sharing and information services, expand and diversify partnerships between governments, business and other organisations to reduce global poverty and fulfil the global development agenda for ICT. We do this by helping to bridge the digital divide within the Commonwealth and beyond in the key sectors of food and agriculture, education, health, e-government and e-commerce.
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