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.