African Regional Standardization Forum meeting opens in Kigali



Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) in partnership with the  ITU-Telecommunication study Group-3 regional group for Africa are gathered in Kigali to discuss standardization gap on emerging economic, regulatory and policy Trends in a Fast-Changing Digital World on the continent.

Participants include Members States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) national standards bodies, ICT regulators, research organizations, Academia, PSF-ICT Chamber, the ICT regulated operators and the Government institutions.

Speaking during the official opening of the meeting, the Minister of Information technology and Communication Hon.Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa challenged participants to take collective measures, with regards to the issues and constraints that are hindering Africa’s participation and contribution in setting the ICT standards.

"This forum is an opportunity for Africa to play and shape the future of telecommunication. It’s time to understand, to follow and participate in setting out standards for telecommunication and the future of ICT," Said Hon. Minister Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa.

The four day meeting is taking place from  05th  to 08th  February, 2018, was organized by Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) with the collaboration of the International Telecommunication Union, ITU-T SG 3 Regional Group for Africa (SG3RG-AFR).

Lwando Bbuku, Co-chairman of the SG3 Regional Group for Africa urged the participants to think about the future vision of Telecommunication; with particular focus on issues that may resulting from new technologies such as Whatsapp, Skype, Netflix and other OTTs.

Speaking to the press just after the opening ceremony, RURA Director General Lt Col Patrick Nyirishema stressed on the need of collective efforts for African countries on the global level. He indicated that individual country contribution cannot make any significant impact in terms standardization process at the global level.

"Collectively as a regional, we are able to put together expertise, skills, knowledge, resources and put forward strong contribution that shape standardization at the global level," RURA DG Lt Col Nyirishema indicated.

The Forum will be followed on Tuesday 06th February, 2018 by the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the ITU-T Study Group 3 Regional Groups. These regional groups play an important role in bridging the standardization gap which is part of international telecommunication union (ITU) mission to connect the world.

You may also find here various pictures from the event