H.E. Mr Blaise Compaoré (right), President of Burkina Faso and Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General.
8-9 December 2010, Burkina Faso
I was very happy to visit Burkina Faso this week on the occasion of the 8th annual meeting of FRATEL, the francophone ICT regulators conference.
President Blaise Compaoré and I took the opportunity to discuss his planned new initiatives in the area of broadband; we also discussed how ICTs can play a key role in accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
One of ITU’s strongest supporters, President Compaoré has worked closely with the Union for many years and is a patron of our Global Cybersercurity Agenda. To complement that, he will next year take over the Chairmanship of IMPACT, the Malaysian-based International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats.
I was also deeply honoured to accept the decoration of Officier de l’Ordre nationale from the President on the evening of 8 December, as part of a national ceremony to commemorate Burkina Faso’s 50th anniversary of independence.