Speech to mark World Telecommunications and Information Society Day

On Friday 17th May, the Minister for Transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, Rufino Ondo Nsue Ada, gave a speech to mark World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD), covering relevant aspects in the field of telecommunications, in addition to aims, advances and achievements.

Rufino Ondo Nsue began by saying that, as on every 17th May, the International Telecommunications Union has been celebrating World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) for 50 years, with Equatorial Guinea being a full member since 1970.

In addition, he pointed out that the ITU began on 17th May 1865, exactly 154 years ago, with the signing in Paris of the First International Telegraph Convention, through which the telegraph networks of that time were compatible, and a telegram written in the United States could be received in Europe, in other words, the origins of the ITU were standardisation.

Furthermore, he added that the General Secretary of the ITU, Houlin Zhao, had invited Equatorial Guinea to promote standardisation in its areas of competence, and to look at the possibility of establishing “National Standardisation Secretariats”.

“Following the recommendations of the ITU, we are committed to promoting on a regional level a regional standardisation body for CEMAC, and to promote joint coordinated meetings of the bodies with the regional groups of the ITU Study Commissions”, continued Rufino Ondo.

Along these lines, he recalled that Equatorial Guinea showed full involvement in this sector through the construction of infrastructures and the training of citizens, giving rise to the “information highways”. The Equatorial Guinea National Super Fast Broadband Network which began with the participation of the ACE consortium (submarine cable), and continued with the terrestrial fibre optical network, is being completed with the current development project of a fibre optical network to houses (FTTH) for broadband access.

Regarding human capital, the minister referred to a speech given by the Head of State at III NEC, in which he affirmed that “the infrastructures and technology obtained by sowing our oil will serve for nothing if we do not have Equatoguinean citizens with the necessary knowledge and talent to make them useful”.

With these words, our President has given us a mandate to support youth and quality training, in the knowledge that it is a necessary condition in order to make Equatorial Guinea a modern country that provides opportunities to all its citizens. This is my commitment and the commitment of the Government that I have the honour of serving: To make Equatorial Guinea a country of its time, in which information and communication technologies are part of the daily lives of all its citizens, and not an exception. To do that we will opt for standardisation, broadband, persons, youth and quality training”, concluded the minister Rufino Ondo Nsue.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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