1.5 million villages unconnected to information society.

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The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Abderrahamane El Youssoufi opened the 16th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union by asking delegates, particularly those from the developed world, who have an interest in the stability and economic development of African countries to rush to help them to integrate into the new economic environment where telecommunications and information are two main pillars Mr Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of ITU, reinforced this message by telling 1000 of the world's telecommunication leaders gathered in Morocco that "a concerted global policy effort is needed to eliminate the gap between rich and poor when it comes to the flow of, and access to information." He noted that while telecom capacity grew by 200 times between 1995 and 2000, "1.5 million villages in the world still lack a basic telephone connection and these could be connected for less than the price paid for a third-generation mobile...

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