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12/12/2018 Rwanda Speech - ITU PP-18 - Plenipotentiary Conference

PP-18 Policy Statements and Speeches




Ministry of ICT and Innovation

30 October 2018

Your Excellency Chairman of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018,

Your Excellences Ministers, Heads of Delegations,
ITU Secretary-General and other Elected Of cials,
Distinguished Delegates,
All protocols observed.

First, allow me on behalf of the Rwandan delegation to express our deep gratitude to
the authorities of the United Arab Emirates for the warm welcome and impeccable

Your Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Rwanda’s ICT sector has registered tremendous progress over the last 24 years, thanks
to the visionary leadership of our President and partnership with ITU that has paved way
for private players to collaborate and co-invest in rolling out high-speed broadband 
networks across the country. 1/2
12/12/2018 Rwanda Speech - ITU PP-18 - Plenipotentiary Conference

Le secteur des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication au Rwanda a

enregistré d’énormes progrès au cours des 24 dernières années, grâce au leadership
visionnaire du Président Paul KAGAME et au partenariat avec l’UIT qui a permis aux
acteurs du secteur privé d’investir dans le déploiement des réseaux à large bande et
haut débit dans tout le pays.

As we continue to seek ways to achieve our ambitious vision of becoming a knowledge-

based economy, we have prioritized leveraging the state-of-the-art infrastructure to
support development of homegrown solutions that address challenges unique to our
continent. We are witness to the improved healthcare delivery powered by drones;
Citizens and Businesses are able to access services online driving an inclusive, cashless
and paperless economy. The impact of this new wave of innovations in developing
economies is very transformational, making it possible to leapfrog generations of long-
established technologies.

Your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Rwanda rmly believes that the role of ITU in bringing together member states to
debate key policy issues and work towards a sustainable digital future, is crucial today
more than ever. The 4th Industrial Revolution is gaining momentum, with some of the
emerging technologies growing exponentially; I would like to call on all member states
to work together for a stronger union, capable of responding to the expectations of the
membership, both now and in the future. Particular attention needs to be paid to ICT
development issues, in order to avoid a potential digital chasm, between the developed
and the developing countries – which will have far greater consequences in the 4tt IR
era, than the digital divide in terms of connectivity alone.

For this reason, Rwanda is seeking re-election to the ITU Council, to continue working
with all of you towards this noble goal. We pledge our continuous support to the
broader ITU vision and reiterate our commitment towards total global digital inclusion.

Thank you for your kind attention. 2/2