Your Excellency Dr. Tarek Kamel,
Minister of ICT, Egypt,
Mr. Akossi Akossi, Secretary General, African Telecommunication Union (ATU)
Dr. Ahmed El Sherbini, Director, National Telecom Institute, Egypt
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me first to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be present for
this ceremony at the conclusion of the training of 24 delegates from 13 African
I seize this opportunity to pay homage to Egypt represented by His
Excellency, Dr. Tarek Kamel, for this praiseworthy and excellent initiative.
It was during the Administrative Council Session of the African
Telecommunication Union (ATU) in 2003, that the Ministry of Communications and
Information Technology in Egypt had committed to provide training on the new
technologies for the benefit of African countries.
Since April 2004, four groups, representing more than 80 trainees from 46
countries of our continent, have been trained in different domains.
These training courses have been provided by the best trainers and experts of
the National Telecommunication Institute of Egypt. I would like to express my
thanks to Dr. Ahmed El Sherbini, Director of NTI, and all his team for their
efforts in transforming this institute to be an excellent pole in the provision
of training and research materials in the field of Telecommunication and
Dear Trainees, the training that you have just followed will allow you to
transfer your knowledge at the local level of your working post when you return
to your countries.
This training will integrate perfectly in the implementation of projects
carried out by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to connect
Within the resolutions of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), all
the participants have agreed on recognizing that ICT is a powerful catalyst of
It is within this spirit, that ITU intensified its efforts to connect all the
villages and all the cities of the world from here to 2015 as our efforts in
fulfilling the United Nations MDGs.
In October 2007, ITU launched the initiative of Connect Africa Summit of
Kigali in Rwanda. The participants have committed to connect all the capitals
and major cities of the continent with broad-band infrastructure and to improve
the liaisons with the rest of the world by 2012.
In addition, it was announced at Kigali that financing worth some US$ 55
billion is foreseen for ICT infrastructure development in Africa over the next
This is why this training aspect is essential and indispensable in the
implementation of this gigantic plan of ICTs development in Africa.
Dear Trainees, I wish you a safe return to your country hoping to see you
participating in the different seminars and workshops which will be organized by
ITU at the level of the Regional Offices of Africa and Arab Region. I wish all
the trainees all the success in their endeavours.
And once again my sincere thanks to the Egyptian government, MCIT and NTI for
this wonderful work.
Thank you for your kind attention.