The World Bank, WEF, GSMA and ITU Mobilized in the Fight Against COVID-19

The World Bank, WEF, GSMA and ITU Mobilized in the Fight Against COVID-19

WASHINGTON, APRIL 21, 2020, During a high-level dialogue, Finance and ICT ministers, ICT regulators, CEOs of telecom and technology companies from around the world discussed an accelerated action plan to better leverage digital technologies and infrastructure in support of citizens, governments and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the World Bank, in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), GSMA – the global mobile industry association— and the World Economic Forum (WEF), this virtual roundtable gave participants the opportunity to agree on a set of high impact and immediate measures to help countries remain connected.

Participants agreed that now is the time for an accelerated private-public sector collaboration to jointly respond to the crisis to ensure networks are well-equipped to handle an exponential increase in digital traffic, help countries future-proof their digital capabilities and infrastructure for subsequent crises, and ensure access to digital services for the most vulnerable populations.

This action plan discussed during the high-level event outlines areas for action to maintain connectivity during the COVID-19 crisis:

  1. Promote network resilience
  2. Ensure access and affordability of digital services
  3. Support compliance with social distancing principles while providing vital connectivity
  4. Leverage e-health, telemedicine and Big Data to address the health crisis
  5. Ensure institutional frameworks are fit for purpose

Following the high-level dialogue that took place today, the final Joint Action Plan will be published by the four organizations, with the aim to serve as best practice for governments and regulators during the Covid-19 crisis.


Officials from Mongolian ICT parties including Communications and Information Technology Authority, Communication Regulatory Commission,  Information and Communication Operator’s Association and Smart Government Project joined the Dialogue.