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Connect CIS Summit
ITU organized the Connect CIS Summit on 26–27 November 2009 in Minsk, Belarus. Leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) identified priorities, including expanding broadband networks needed to support advanced applications and services, moving from analogue to digital broadcasting, building capacity, implementing cybersecurity, and fostering policy and regulatory reform to stimulate ICT investment.
Examples of actions taken to follow up the Connect CIS Summit include joint projects completed by ITU and Moldova (at a cost of more than USD 250 000), by ITU and Belarus (at an estimated cost of USD 200 000), and by ITU, Kyrgyzstan and the Alippe TV company (at a cost of around USD 1 200 000) to establish public Internet access points in rural areas and to implement interactive multimedia digital broadcasting for education purposes.
Within the framework of ITU’s Connect a School Connect a Community initiative, ITU and Kyrgyzstan have provided training to upgrade the qualifications of village informatics teachers in Kyrgyzstan. Also, the private sector in Kyrgyzstan has invested more than USD 250 000 in ITU’s Build on Broadband initiative.
Most of the CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan and Ukraine) have developed and are implementing comprehensive national programmes on ICT development.