Delegation from Ministry for Transport at Mobile World Congress 2019

Press release from the Ministry for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications in relation to the participation of a delegation led by the Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, Eucario Bakale Angue, in the Ministerial Programme at the Mobile World Congress 2019, held from 25th to 27th February.

The minister returned to the country from Barcelona (Spain), the city holding the congress, which is the most important mobile communications event for the industry. This year the theme focussed on intelligent connectivity, showing the latest in 5G, the Internet of Things (IOT), artificial intelligence, and Big Data. The event brought together over 107,000 professionals from 200 countries, and some 2,400 companies from the sector, who presented their latest innovations and developments in mobile technology, devices and services.

The programme brought together ministers, telecommunications regulators, data protection authorities and international organisations, and featured the presence of distinguished speakers, such as the managing director of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, or the founder and managing director of Niantic, the company which created PokemonGo, John Hanke, etc. During the congress they debated the most significant technological developments and regulatory trends in the mobile sector; they also explored opportunities offered by the digital transformation on a global level, the impact of new technologies on long term economic growth and, with 5G networks on the horizon, the risk of opening a new digital gap.

Bakale Angue was invited to take part in a round table meeting behind closed doors on taxation in he telecommunications sector and prospects for the future. The tax policy is evolving in order to satisfy the needs of the digital age and how best to maintain it with rapid growth, together with the best regulatory conditions and practice that must be implemented in order to enjoy a better digital service and maximise tax revenue and the incentive to invest in the telecommunications sector.

The minister held bilateral meetings with:

-Huawei, in a meeting that served to review the excellent relations between Equatorial Guinea and the company, which is backing an increasing presence in the country. They reviewed the projects in which they are currently involved, and possible future cooperation between the two parties.

The initiatives and projects that were the subject of the meeting were: the upgrading of the GETESA mobile network to 4G; the coverage of fibre optics, including the last mile or connection by fibre optics to the homes of users; greater collaboration in the aspect of the training of Guinean technicians in order to be able to upgrade new technologies, and the construction of a subregional or continental headquarters in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

-African Development Bank: During the meeting held with the Director of Commercial and Industrial Development from the bank, they covered the upcoming visit in April of the executive to Equatorial Guinea, with the aim of exploring the possibility of financing projects in the ICT sector. The minister expressed the need to focus efforts on the financing of the last mile for fibre optical connection to users, and the project to computerise the State public administration in regulations areas, the harmonisation of the sector and the creation of applications.

-African Telecommunications Union (ATU): The minister received in audience John Omo, General Secretary of the ATU, and the two parties discussed the various areas in which the participation of Equatorial Guinea within this organisation could improve, such as the sponsorship of the organisation at the celebration of the TEG Campus in may, and the celebration of subregional and continental conferences and seminars in the country.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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