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Official visit to Burkina Faso and conferring of special national honour

H.E. Mr. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso and  Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General

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.