CTIA, now more commonly known as The Wireless Association, held their annual wireless telecommunications trade show this past week, with a closing keynote from President Bill Clinton.

Since his departure from presidency, Clinton has continued to create and work with programs in countries all over the world that help economic growth and stability. He admits that much of the change that can be seen happening worldwide is credited towards wireless communication, with an emphasis on cell phones.

"In 2010, a UN report said that wireless technology is becoming a common medium and has done more to bring people out of poverty than anything else in history." Clinton used fishing families in Southeast Asian countries as one example: "If we gave every one of them a cell phone, they could immediately find out what the cost of fish was and increase their income 30-50% over a year."

Mobile phones have even had an effect on banking. In 2011, 80% of Hatians had access to a cell phone, which helped them more easily access their funds.

While much of Clinton's speech also dealt with politics, he made his point clear that cooperating together and using technology such as recent wireless innovations can easily steer countries toward better futures.

Sources: allthingsd (picture), engadget, mashable