H.E. Mr Kondwani NANKHUMWA
Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture

22 October 2014

Your Honour, the Chairman of PP-14
The ITU Secretary General and your Team
Your Excellencies fellow Ministers here present
Distinguished participants from all Member States
Ladies and Gentlemen

On Behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Malawi allow me to bring you greetings from the Warm heart of Africa. Mr Chairman, on this auspicious occasion of the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14), let me start by congratulating you Chairman for your election as the Chair of this conference.

Let me thank our gracious host, the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for the warm and excellent hospitality accorded to us since our arrival in this beautiful city of Busan. Let me also thank the ITU secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Toure and his team for the excellent stewardship of our organization and all member states present here for the commitment shown so far in this conference.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Malawi as a country recognizes ICT as a key pillar for economic development as evidenced by its inclusion in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategies (MGDS) and the enactment of a National ICT Policy to guide the development of the sector.

In view of the ITU developmental goals, Malawi has embraced all aspects of The ITU Connect 2020 vision and targets including growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation and partnership. The following steps have thus been undertaken;

It is therefore our considered view that the efforts being done by our country will facilitate bridging of the digital divide in line with ITU "Connect 2020" vision, goals and targets. As ITU gets to 150 years in 2015, it is our pledge that Malawi will continue to be part of the key players to the realization of the vision of ITU success story.

In conclusion, let me take this opportunity to thank ITU leadership and more especially Dr. Hamadoun Toure, a son of Africa who has shown great leadership qualities to steer the ITU ship this far. As we say in Africa, if you want to go quickly … go alone, if you want to go far …go together, let us all go together as we take ITU to greater heights.

On behalf of my delegation I wish to express my gratitude to you for the able manner you are handling this conference and I have no doubt that this will be a highly successful Plenipotentiary conference and I wish you well for the rest of the conference.