28 July 2020 |

An international Centre of Digital Innovation to be established in Geneva

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to establish a new center for digital innovation and transformation in Geneva.

Known as I-CoDI, this new center to be based in Geneva will help ITU Members, Sector Members and other key stakeholders to integrate innovation into their national development agendas and activities.

“Innovation is at the heart of the digital revolution and an essential part of the fabric of ITU,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “We welcome the decision by the TRA, a long-standing partner of ITU, to establish its future International Centre of Digital Innovation in Geneva. It will help catalyze efforts to turn today’s digital revolution into a development revolution for all.”

At the heart of a global digital governance platform

I-CoDI builds on CoDI, the Centre of Digital Innovation launched by the UAE in 2013, as part of the UAE’s efforts in digital transformation and enhancing the digital journey of the UAE citizens and Government, through research, innovation, education, training, skills development, quality assurance and of advisory services.

The choice to establish I-CoDI in Geneva is no coincidence. The canton is a recognized center of competence in the field of internet governance, home to key organizations such as the Internet Society, ICANN, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum. I-CoDI will most likely be established in Geneva by the end of 2020.

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