Visit to Geneva by H.E. Mr. Ion Iliescu, President of Romania - February 17, 2003

On February 17th 2003, President Ion Iliescu of Romania paid a brief visit to Geneva, as a special guest in the framework of preparations for the World Summit on Information Society. As host of the Pan-European Ministerial Conference in Information Society (November 2002 - please see Report on the conclusions of this meeting), Romania has been playing a leading role in enhancing awareness on the tremendous opportunities that ICT provide for development and the shaping of a modern information society.

In Geneva, President Iliescu joined other distinguished personalities - President Abdoulaye WADE of Senegal, Mr. Jacques ATTALI of France, Professor Lawrence LESSIG of Stanford University USA - in sharing his vision on the future of the Information Society (please see the speech delivered on this occasion).

President Iliescu's program also included a Round-table discussion on "A new paradigm of public-private-academic partnership in shaping the Information Society" , held in the Romanian Hall of the Palais des Nations with the participation key representatives of the relevant international organizations (ITU, WIPO, CERN, UNCTAD, ITC, European Commission, UN-ECE, World Economic Forum, World Bank, OECD), as well as private sector and academic community (please see Orientation Paper and Introductory Remarks by the President).

Bilateral meetings were held with Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director General of the UN Office in Geneva, Mr. Moritz Leuenberger, former President of Switzerland and Federal Counselor for Transportation, Environment, Energy and Communications, as well as with Mr. Thomas Leavey, Director General of the Universal Postal Union. Romania will be hosting, in September 2004, the UPU World Congress, held every five years.

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