Mozambique (Republic of)​

H.E. Mr Gabriel MUTHISSE​
Ministry of Transport and Communications​

22 October 2014​

His Excellency, Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU);

His Excellency, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Former Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union;
Excellencies, Ministers;
Distinguished Heads of Delegations of the Member States;
Ladies and Gentlemen;

Allow me start by expressing our thanks for the hospitality provided to the Mozambican delegation by the Government of South Korea. It is for me a great honour to participate in this important event.  Our warm congratulations to the new Secretary General Mr. Houlin Zhao.

In this occasion, I would like to stress that the Republic of South Korea is one of the important cooperation partners for Africa, particularly for Mozambique in various fields.

Also, we would like to thank the organizers, who have worked hard to ensure that this event would take place.

This is a great moment where the ITU Members have the noble mission to decide about the future of the Organization as well as the telecommunications development in our countries, regions and in the world.

In this context, we reiterate our full commitment to work closely with the new Board elected, in order to seek solutions for the challenges arising from the remarkable technological development. It is essential that our countries should develop concrete actions to overtake and face these challenges.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Recognizing that we live in a globalized world, characterized by threats, opportunities and great challenges we believe that the combination of government policies and strategies is crucial. This harmonization will enable a better planning, coordination of efforts, mobilizing financial and material resources, especially human resources to achieve the ITU Vision 2020 as well as the overall goals of the Telecommunications and ICTs.

In this perspective, we would like to ensure that the Government of Mozambique will continue with the implementation of policies and strategies aiming to create conditions to increase and improve the conditions to the telecommunications access.  Mozambique, beside the implementation of the digital migration process, is committed to expand communications in remote areas and the provision of Universal Service Access.

We would like to take this opportunity to join our voice to express our appreciation on the achievements of Dr. Hamadoun Toure as the ITU Secretary General. Indeed, we have registered progresses.

Finally, we reaffirm the commitment and availability of the Government of Mozambique, to continue actively to participate in ITU activities, contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Organization.

Thank you for your precious attention!