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The Connect Africa Summit tooke place in Kigali, Rwanda, 29−30 October 2007, under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and His Excellency, Mr. John Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the African Union. It was organized by the International Telecommunication Union, the African Union, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in partnership with the African Development Bank, the African Telecommunication Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Global Digital Solidarity Fund.

The overall objective of the Connect Africa Summit is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to close Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gaps throughout Africa. The Summit offers a venue for leaders from the public, private and financial sectors to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships. During the Summit, participants will debate the key success factors vital to advance ICT investment and boost growth in Africa, including the expansion of broadband infrastructures, new “last mile” access solutions (especially for rural connectivity), establishing a business-friendly policy and regulatory environment, developing an ICT-skilled workforce and relevant applications and services, and striking the right balance between private and public investment.

 

09:00
09:45

Opening Ceremony

  • H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  • Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General
  • Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General on Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
  • Dr. Hartwig Schafer, Director of Operations, Africa Region, World Bank
  • Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel and GAID
  • Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson, Commission of the African Union

09:45
11:00

Statements by Heads of State

Coffee Break
 (11:00 - 11:30)

11:30
12:30

Session 1: Towards a Vision to Connect Africa by 2015

Description: Recognizing the significant role of  ICTs as a catalyst for realizing the UN Millennium Development Goals, leaders at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) agreed to a set of targets, including ten connectivity goals, to be achieved by 2015. With fewer than eight years left, Africa is at serious risk of not achieving these targets unless we take urgent action. Within this framework, this opening session will introduce Connect Africa Goals, which reflect the unique challenges and opportunities of the region. Panelists will be asked to give their views on how these goals can be achieved.

Moderator: Mr. Stephen Cole, Al Jazeera International

Overview: Mr. Sami Al-Basheer Al Morshid, Director, ITU Development Bureau

Panelists:

  • H.E. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt and Chairman of the African Union Ministerial Conference on ICT
  • Mr. Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO, Ericsson
  • Mr. J.M Briosa e Gala, Special African Envoy of the President of the European Commission
  • H.E. Mr. Qinjian Lou, Vice Minister, Ministry of Information Industry, China
  • Mr. Rob Conway, CEO & Member of the Board, GSM Association
  • Dr. Mohsen Khalil, Director of Global Information and Communication Technologies, World Bank Group

Lunch
(12:30 – 14:30)

14:30
16:30

Session 2: ICT Broadband Infrastructure - Gaps and Solutions

Description: High-speed “broadband” networks have become core infrastructure of the modern economy and an enabler of innovation across many sectors. While Africa is the fastest growing mobile market in the world, major gaps in broadband infrastructure continue to limit potential investment, economic growth, employment and development in the region. This session will begin with a review of the current “state of play” of African broadband infrastructure – with a focus on connectivity between capitals and major cities, as well as the gaps and potential solutions. Panelists will be asked to give their views on ways to boost investment in Africa’s ICT broadband infrastructure, including priorities for policy and regulatory reform and innovative financing and public-private partnership models.

Moderator: H.E. Mr. Ham-Muskasa Mulira, Minister, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Uganda

Overview: Dr. Yury Grin, Deputy-Director, ITU Development Bureau and Mr. Mark Williams, Senior Economist, World Bank

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Albert Butare, Minister of Energy and Communications, Rwanda
  • Mr. Renee Ververgaert Vice President, Huawei Technologies
  • Mr. Themba Kumalo, CEO, MTN Rwanda
  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
  • Ms. Funke Opeke, CEO, Main Street Technologies
  • Mr. Mark de Simone, CEO EMEA, Cisco systems Inc
  • Mr. Issa Coulibaly, President, West African Development Bank

Session background document

Broadband Infrastructure in Africa

Coffee Break
 (16:30 – 17.00)

17:00
18:30

Session 3: Extending Rural ICT Access

Description: Africa’s boom in mobile communications in recent years has demonstrated the existence of genuine continent-wide demand for access to ICTs. Still, many communities, especially those in rural and remote areas, remain unconnected. This session considers multiple approaches to extend rural ICT access, including more effective use of Universal Service Funds, policy, regulatory and tax incentives for operators to share infrastructures and extend their networks into underserved areas as well as emerging wireless solutions. In addition, for communities where connectivity exists but where affordability remains a challenge, the session considers innovative approaches to connect the unconnected, including shared local access models such as the Village Phone model and community tele-centres.

Moderator: H.E. Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, Minister of Communications, South Africa

Overview: Mr. Emamgholi Behdad, Chief, Projects and Initiatives Department, ITU Development Bureau / Mr. Akossi Akossi, Secretary-General, African Telecommunication Union

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Joachim Tankoano, Minister of Posts and ICT, Burkina Faso
  • Mr. Michael Joseph, CEO Safaricom
  • Mr. Peter Bladin, Director, Grameen Foundation Technology Centre
  • Mr. Pertti Johansson, President of Middle East, Europe and Africa, Qualcomm
  • Mr. Jones Killimbe, CEO, RASCOM
  • Mr. Yousef Al Sayed, CEO, Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Corporation
  • Mr. Lauri Kivinen, Head of Corporate Affairs, Member of the Executive Board, Nokia Siemens Networks

Session background document

Additional documents:

Extending Rural ICT Access

RASCOM multi purpose telecenter - Telecenter costing

09:30
11:00

Session 4: Capacity Building and Deploying Applications for E-Services

Description: Across the continent, there is increased awareness that making current economic growth sustainable will need greater investment in human resource development and building management capacity and good business practices. A key determinant of future economic success in Africa is the extent to which today’s young people are trained to work with computers and IT networks as well as create new ICT products and services. One method to expand ICT literacy and usage is for governments and the private sector and other stakeholders to set a proactive agenda for capacity-building as well as deploying applications and e-services for citizens — including e government, e-health and e-learning. This session ask panelists to highlight African success stories in capacity-building and e-services deployment.

Moderator: Mr. Walter Fust, Director-General, Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation

Overview: Ms Lala Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa / Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General on Economic and Social Affairs, United Nation, Mr. Lala Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. El Hadj Gley, Minister, Ministry of Communication Technologies, Tunisia
  • H.E. Ms. Mariam Diallo Diarra, Minister of Communication and Information Technologies, Mali
  • Dr. Craig Barrett, Chairman of Intel and GAID
  • Mr. Michael Rawding, Vice President, Unlimited Potential Group, Products & Solutions, Microsoft
  • Mr. Maximilian Metzger Secretary General, CERN
  • Prof. Sreenivasan, Director General, ICTP Trieste, Italy
  • Prof. Clement Dzidonu, Chairperson, GAID Africa Network
  • Dr. Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Contributors:

  • Mr. Mikhail Natezon, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Telemedicine Academy, Russian Federation
  • Mr. Pier Paolo Saporito, President OCCAM

Session background document

Additional documents:

Services,  content and capacity-building

ITU Regional Forum on Bridging the ICT Standardization and Development Gaps:
- Conclusions
- Chairperson Report

Africa’s Development Goals: a Role for CERN

Coffee Break
 (11:00 - 11:30)

11:30
13:00

Session 5: Creating an Enabling Environment for Investment

Description: A key challenge for Africa today is how to integrate more closely into the global economy and to attract additional direct investment. This requires a business-friendly attractive policy and regulatory environment that fosters innovation, competition and investment. What are the policy principles that donors and governments can follow to encourage a competitive and innovative ICT market place? This session highlights success stories in countries from the region where forward-looking government policies have triggered strong business investment and economic growth.

Moderator: H.E Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communications, Ghana

Overview: Mr. Brahima Sanou, Head, ITU Africa Regional Office

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mme Sophie Gladima Siby, Minister of Telecommunications, Posts and ICT, Senegal
  • H.E Mr D.S. Mathur, Secretary DOT, Ministry of Communications
  • Mr. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU
  • Mr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
  • Mr. Reza Jafari, Chairman and Managing Director, NeuStar International
  • Mr. Jay Naidoo, Chairman, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Ms. Valerie d’Costa, Programme Manager, InfoDev

Lunch
(13:00 – 14:30)

14:30
16:00

 Bilateral Meetings

16:00
17:00

Session 6: A Commitment to Connect Africa

Description: Fulfilling an African-led vision of rich connectivity both within the continent and to the rest of the world requires commitments and a coordinated approach involving leaders from the public, private and financial sectors. This final session, A Commitment to Connect Africa, will review the discussions and agreed goals of the Summit and review the commitments made by government, business leaders, donors and partners.

Moderator: Mr. Stephen Cole

  • H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  • Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General
  • Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
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