Minister for Transports holds audience with Minister for Information Technologies from Rwanda

During his participation at the VI Edition of the GSMA-Mobile 360 Africa, Rufino Ovono Ondo Engonga, Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, accompanied by Elias Ovono Edjo Ilinea, Director General for Cooperation and International Bodies, Oscar Ondo Ngomo, Director General of GITGE, and Pelayo Ondo , Head of the Cabinet, was received in audience this morning at around 10 o’clock by Paul Ingabira, Minister for ICTs and Innovation from the Republic of Rwanda.

The aim of the audience was to provide continuity to the ongoing conversations to explore possible modes of cooperation and exchange of experiences in the ICT sectors of the two countries.

Along those lines, Rufino Ovono, following words of thanks for the invitation and the welcome, went on to express the need to set out a route map for collaboration between these ministerial departments, covering technical assistance for the telecommunications sector in Equatorial Guinea, taking into account the development seen in this fiend in the Republic of Rwanda.

This technical assistance would focus on:

-Improving regulation in the sector.

-The education, refreshing and training, not only of the main players, both public and private, in the sector, but also society in general.

-An improvement in the education system through the incorporation of ICTs, as a tool to give content or the educational curriculum to students in primary, secondary and higher education, in order to train a workforce with the skills necessary to confront today’s labour market.

Within this framework of interventions, Oscar Ondo showed particular interest in the experience of the Rwandan Government in creating the optimum ICT ecosystem for the development of incubators, which has allowed the creation of start-ups and national talent within the framework of technological innovation, on the understanding that this is the route that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is beginning to take.

During the course of the meeting, and following a short presentation by Paul Ingabira, covering the history of the Rwandan Government in the sector, the two parties agreed to form a mixed committee which would draw up a framework agreement on cooperation, listing the specific fields of cooperation between the two parties.

Finally, the minister issued an invitation to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to join the “SMART Africa” alliance, made up of 27 African countries, which has its headquarters in Kigali. “SMART Africa”, explained the minister, is a platform to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, transforming the continent into a knowledge economy, through affordable access to broadband and the use of information and communication technologies.

In response to the proposal, Rufino Ovono declared the willingness of the Equatoguinean Government to study the proposal, as it provides an opportunity for multilateral Pan-African cooperation in favour of improving the living standards of our citizens through the implementation of ICTs and innovation.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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