Monsieur, Son Excellence, le Président Kagame,
Excellences, les Chefs d’État d’Afrique, ici présents,
Excellences, les invités d’honneur des pays étrangers,
Chers amis et collègues,
Vous pouvez imaginer ma joie devant une telle audience. Je suis
aujourd’hui un homme heureux après des mois des discussions,
plus que dix mois après ma prise en fonction en tant que
Secrétaire-Générale de l’Union Internationale des
Télécommunications, je me retrouve parmi vous ici.
Je voudrais remercier mes collègues du secteur privé et de la
communauté internationale pour leur présence très effective. Je
vais être très bref dans ce message – j’ai juste cinq minutes
pour vous dire quelques uns des objectifs de cette conférence.
Notre ainé très respectable, Président Wade, pour qui j’ai
beaucoup de respect, nous a dit il y quelques mois qu’il est
très fatigué des Sommets, il y a suffisamment de Sommets qui se
sont passés effectivement.
On a eu beaucoup de résolutions, beaucoup de recommandations et
nous sommes là aujourd’hui dans un Sommet assez spéciale : nous
voulons mettre en place des actions concrètes. On a eu
suffisamment de résolutions, de recommandations, on a fait
beaucoup de cadres, et on doit les faire marcher.
Et c’est pourquoi nous sommes dits qu’il fallait avoir avec nous
tous les éléments qu’il fallait pour créer une réaction à la
chaine. Je suis donc un homme heureux de voir que nous
avons nos leadeurs africains ici, pour nous dire à quel
point ils soutiennent nos actions, pour nous dire leurs visions,
leurs grands rêves qu’ils ont pour ce continent.
Nous avons aussi des Chefs d’État qui ont eu le courage de rêver
et de rêver très grand. Et c’est à nous, les fils de ce
continent, de mettre en œuvre leurs rêves.
At this juncture, Mr. President, my dear colleagues, I would
like to tell you what will be for us the key success factors
from Kigali. We all know the extent of the digital divide,
and for me, it is difficult to speak after President Kagame and
after the UN Secretary-General without repeating what they have
already said. My job is to tell you how we are going to do it.
We have decided to get together here in Kigali for business. We
want to challenge each other and I have had the chance to
challenge the business world – I was in the Silicon Valley at
the invitation of Chairman Craig Barrett in February this year,
and my statement was to them that I am here to challenge you: I
am here to challenge you to come to Africa and do business and
do a meaningful business: business that will create jobs, that
will make new infrastructure, business that will be profitable
for all partners.
For the past fifty years of Africa’s independence, we have had
many business models: some of them based on charity, some of
them based on assistance. And what you will not see here in the
programme of this two-day Summit is assistance or help. We think
we can make a meaningful difference by bringing together people
who want to do business together and help make profits and
develop the continent.
And I am very much encouraged by the facts. Over the past three
years, Africa has led for the first time in positive economic
indicators. Therefore, I believe it can be done.
The growth in the mobile industry has been the highest in the
world for three years in a row in Africa. And we have reached an
average penetration of 20 per cent, as opposed to 40 per cent
world penetration, but at the speed with which we are going, we
are going to get there. While we are trying to bridge the
gap in the mobile industry and telephony, we need to make sure
that no new gap is created in Internet or in broadband.
I was very encouraged by the Ministerial Meeting on Saturday
here. African Ministers met and have decided to bring forward
the date for the Millennium Development Goals in the ICT field –
instead of 2015, they want to do it in 2012. And I want to tell
them, it can be done and we are going to do it - Kigali is the
There is an African saying that, if you want to go fast, you go
alone. If you want to go far, you go together. And I am very
pleased to see all of us here – we are going to go individually
and together, and we are going to go far and go fast. That’s my
pledge to you here: by 2012, we are going to meet the MDGs – by
saying to the people here, in this room, and many others out
there: I am very much confident that 2012 will be the date for
us, if not before.
And many countries are leading by putting the necessary
regulatory framework in their countries. Our leaders have
pledged to ensure that they will put the necessary tools for
capacity-building in their countries. Therefore, I see that all
the ingredients are together for a chain reaction. And
therefore, from Kigali, the world will be a different place and
especially Africa will be a different place.
I would like to thank all our sponsors, who are now shown on the
screens, on the screen here, who have believed in this approach,
and with whom, we believe we can do business.
Over the next two days, our success will be measured by the
number of commitments made –commitments for business – the
number of agreements that will be signed, the number of projects
that will be presented. And many more to come – this is just the
start. The road starts here, and our pledge to our Heads of
State here present - that we will make their dream come true.
Thank you very much.
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