Speech of the Secretary of State for Technology in the World Summit on the Information Society

Rufino Ovono Ondo Engonga, Secretary of State of Technology and Telecommunications, has made a High Level Political Declaration on the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), in representation of the Minister of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications of Equatorial Guinea, Celestino Bonifacio Bakale Obiang, during his speech at the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society which was held in Geneva (Switzerland), between May 25 and 29. We attach with this article the complete speech of the Secretary of State.

Rufino Ovono Ondo Engonga began his speech taking up the subject chosen this year for the summit; “Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development”.

He then referred to the important National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES-GE, 2020), outlined by the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in which “Telecommunications/ICT had been identified, as a key lever for the accelerated transformation of the Country”.

Furthermore, he alluded to the massive investments that Equatorial Guinea has made in infrastructures for the development of the sector and for the CAB (Central Africa Backbone), for the interconnection and integration of the subregion.

However, he also highlighted that “despite the important investments made in the base infrastructures, we observe and continue registering a limited digital access index (DAI), due principally to the scant development of the access networks and to the difficult affordability of the services by the citizens.”

-“Therefore, and based on the four (4) fundamental factors that influence the capacity of access of a country to the ICT, we can indicate that in Equatorial Guinea we must work much more and open a decisive step in terms of affordability and of quality, factors closely related to the access networks,” he concluded.

After this analysis, Ovono Ondo laid out with three points the goals to face with the entities of the sector, operators and other partners, and ended his speech expressing his “gratitude for the continuous support and backing of which we have been the object throughout these years.”

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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