[Telecentres] I am Mr. Gopi Pradhan of Bhutan

Gopi Pradhan gopi at apdip.net
Wed Sep 22 15:09:07 BST 2004

Hi everybody,

It is great to be in this interesting group. 
I come from Bhutan but currently I am working with a UNDP regional programme as ICT Policy Spcialist.
Let me recap that the concept of telecentre was incubated during the World Telecom Development Conference of the ITU held in Buenos Aires sometime in 1884. In its final declaration, the Buenos Aires Action Plan had a component called "Programme 9 - Integrated Rural Development". Coined with this Programme, ITU started implementing a number of pilot telecenters around the world. Bhutan was one country selected in 1995 for the pilot project and coincidentally I was its first National Coordinator. We completed this Telecenter Pilot Project in 1996 or 1997 (excuse my memory). I have some experiences to share about the success or failure of one of the first telecenters piloted. 

Thank you Andy for this initiative and you certainly deserve our support and cooperation to come up with something concrete.

best regards and Tashi Delek 


ICT Policy Specialist
Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP)
Wisma UN, Jalan Dungun,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
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