2016 was a challenging but satisfying year for the USTTI.
Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of government and industry leaders, the USTTI Board provided much needed tuition-free training to 224 women and men who are now in 64 developing countries working to bring affordable and accessible modern Information Communication Technologies to their fellow countrymen.
In 2016, the USTTI innovated by conducting our first formal out-of-USA training in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Communications. In view of the success of this three-day seminar in Accra – 58 senior officials from 18 African countries – the USTTI is exploring additional regional training seminars outside of the United States.
In the fall of 2016, the USTTI Board of Directors wisely honored James (Jim) O’Connor, a nine-year veteran of the USTTI, by unanimously promoting Jim to President of the USTTI. This well-deserved recognition of Jim’s leadership has been enthusiastically supported by the thousands of USTTI graduates with whom Jim has worked and befriended during the past decade.
In 2017 - the USTTI’s 35th year – we will expand the USTTI training curriculum to include 70 courses for ICT officials, regulators and entrepreneurs from the developing world.
Finally, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of women and men who generously volunteer their time and ICT expertise each year to maintain the diversity and top-notch quality of the USTTI’s curriculum. These volunteer professionals are the steadfast core of the USTTI, which has to-date, emboldened and empowered 9,519 ICT colleagues from 171 developing countries.