ATU is the first inter-governmental organisation dedicated to fostering ICT infrastructure development in Africa's search for prosperity. The Union has a mission to promote rapid development of info-communication in Africa to achieve universal access and service as well as full interconnectivity among countries. Its vision is to be a full and active participant in the global information and knowledge society. ATU has been an active Sector Member of ITU-D activities. ATU experience as an ITU-D Sector Member, is the ability to learn from the experiences of other regions and the great assistance from ITU-D in the organisation of regional conferences.
Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumalia is the current Secretary General of African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January, 2011, having been elected at an Ordinary Session of ATU plenipotentiary Conference in September, 2010. He is leading the Continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora.
Born in 1965, in Kongo, Republic of Niger, Mr. Soumaila holds a master of science in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry, England and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat, Morocco.
He has grown through the ranks in both private and public sector where he has acquired a wide experience in managing the intricacies of decision making processes both locally and internationally and most importantly built useful relationships with many telecommunications institutions, companies and administrations all over the world.
Mr. Soumaila has been a keen participant in all international activities including meetings of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), RASCOM, WATRA, ECOWAS, WAEMU, ESMT and others.
He is proficient in two official languages of the Union: French and English that help him in negotiating and brokering agreements in several international arenas.