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President of Mali visits ITU:
World Summit on the Information Society Focus of Talks
Geneva, 3 April 2002 — A
regional preparatory conference for the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held
in Bamako, Mali from 28-30 May, was the focus of talks on Wednesday between the
Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Mr Yoshio Utsumi, and the
President of Mali, His Excellency Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré.
Mr Utsumi discussed with the President the role of information and communication technologies
(ICT) for development in light of the Istanbul Declaration and Action Plan adopted last week by
152 countries at the ITU’s third World Telecommunication Development Conference in Istanbul,
Turkey. The Istanbul Declaration focuses on new strategies that can be adopted to improve the
level of access to telecommunications throughout the developing world.
The President and the Secretary-General exchanged views on the need to develop large-scale
partnerships, private and public, for the successful implementation of ICT development
strategies as well as methods to enhance cooperation with all stakeholders.
Mr. Utsumi stressed the need for African participation in the World Summit on the Information
Society to be held in Geneva in December of 2003 and in Tunis in 2005 and the importance of the
work of Mr Konaré in assuring that the voice of Africa is heard. The Secretary-General thanked
the President for the initiative taken to organize the preparatory meeting in Mali, for it will
provide critical direction to the regional preparatory work of the World Summit on the
During the visit, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed that will create a network
of multipurpose community telecentres to connect 703 communities of Mali. Under the MoU, the
required infrastructure will be deployed, the telecentres will be established, user training
will be carried out and e-applications and e-services will be developed.
The President was accompanied by Her Excellency Mrs Soumaré Aminata Sidiré, Ambassador
of Mali in Berlin, His Excellency Mr Aboulaye Diop, Diplomatic representative of the President
of Mali, His Excellency Mr Abdoul Kader Touré, Ambassador and Director of Protocol of the
Republic, Mr Abdoulaye Sidiré, Head of communication of the President, Mr Mamadou Lamine Diallo,
chef de mission, Informatics and New Information and Communication Technologies in the President’s
office and Mr Alexandre Davidoff, Consul of Mali in Geneva.
Mali has been a member of ITU since October 1960.