Members of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have been urged to push for digital inclusion and harnessing of information communication technologies in the realisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The 44-member African Union specialised agency which is hosting its preparatory meeting ahead of the World Telecommunications for Development Conference has been reminded of the need to utilise ICTs in the achievement of special development goals.

Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Win Mlambo told participants who attended the opening ceremony of the gathering that Africa should speak with one voice and push for the digital inclusion agenda.

The Zimbabwean government official encouraged the participants to share experiences and map out a coherent proposals to be tabled during the World Telecommunications for Development Conference.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) director general, Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete highlighted the centrality of unity of purpose and development of home-grown solutions in bridging the digital divide.

Access to modern, secure and affordable telecommunication infrastructure, applications and services have been identified as critical in improving peoples’ lives and ensuring that sustainable development across Africa becomes a reality.

Members of the ATU are expected to come up with common positions at the end of the meeting to be presented during the World Telecommunications for Development Conference to be held in Argentina later this year.