Bolivia's president is seeking United Nations assistance to acquire a communications satellite for his Andean country, the International Telecommunication Union said on Monday.
In a statement about a Sunday visit by Eva Morales to the Geneva-based agency, the ITU said Bolivia was seeking an orbital position for its geostationary communications satellite.
Such technology could help improve Internet access and help citizens get connected to the modern world, the former coca farmer was quoted as saying.
"There is no denying that such access would equip them with modern tools for overcoming poverty, supporting integration, production, education, technology-transfer processes and a range of social services," Morales said.
Bolivia enjoys "an incomparable geostrategic position as it is located in the heart of South America, enabling it to serve as an integrating hub for all forms of communication imaginable," the leftist ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was quoted as saying by the ITU.
Morales is expected to easily win his country's Dec. 6 election.
The U.N. agency said Morales would likely announce the launch date of his country's new satellite -- for which the ITU pledged technical assistance about orbital positions and frequency bands -- in October 2010 or earlier.
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