9 DTCs have been selected globally to participate in Phase 1 of the Initiative, from Africa (4), Americas (2) and Asia Pacific regions (3). Phase 1 runs for 21 months from January 2020 to September 2021. During this phase, with the support of ITU, Cisco and other partners, the 9 selected DTCs will deliver training at basic and intermediate level to citizens with a focus on rural and underserved communities. At the end of phase 1, more DTCs will be able to join the network for phase 2. An Onboarding Workshop for phase 1 took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 11 to 13 February 2020 and all the 9 selected DTCs were invited to attend. The workshop gave the DTCs an understanding of their roles and responsibilities and how best to contribute to the goals of the Initiative.

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