The government of Nepal considers information and communications as the priority sector playing the pivotal role in changing the socio-economic landscape of the countries like Nepal, as stated by Shanker Prasad Koirala, acting secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications of Nepal.
While addressing the plenary session in the 17th Plenipotentiary conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Antalya, Turkey, Shanker Prasad Koirala, stated this. He said that ITU should play a bigger role in helping developing countries by means of technical advice and consultations in order to enable them to cope with fast-paced innovations and development in ICT sector. He also informed that the government of Nepal had already adopted liberal, investment friendly and competition-oriented regime in the ICT sector resulting in substantial direct investment. The conference is being held from 6-24 November, 2006 was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the conference is being participated by over 2,000 delegates from 191 countries. A four member Nepalese delegation led by Shanker Prasad Koirala, acting secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications, attended the conference. The other members of the Nepali delegation includes Sugat Ratna Kansakar, managing director Nepal Telecom, Rupal Haldar, DMD, Nepal Telecom and Ananta Raj Khanal, Manager, Nepal Telecommunications Authority.