Connect Americas 2012
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Connect Americas 2012

Making a Difference in the Americas Region Through ICTs: Projects and Initiatives

The Connect Americas Summit builds on the success of three such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007, Connect CIS 2009, and Connect Arab 2012. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama was preceded by two preparatory meetings that were held in Trinidad and Tobago, in March 2012, and in Mexico City, Mexico, in April 2012. This report focuses on the five Regional Initiatives for the Americas region which are Emergency Telecommunications, Digital Broadcasting, Broadband, Reduction of Internet Access Costs and Human Capacity Building on ICTs.

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Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a critical role in improving the socioeconomic development by extending government services such as health, education, safety and security, finance, transport, and other services to citizens. For e-Health in particular, medical universities and hospitals could provide continuing medical education and health expert services to remote hospitals and universities. Through the use of mobile phones, the quality and quantity of healthcare in rural areas and the capacity of community health workers and midwives can be enhanced.