On 6th February 2018, Participants attending the ITU-Telecommunication Study Group-3 regional group for Africa meeting,celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Regional Groups at Kigali Serena Hotel.
During the celebrations party that was hosted by Rwanda utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), a number of Keynote addresses were given by high level guests including Dr chaesub Lee, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau who delivered his remarks via the video message.
The Chairman of SG3 Regional Group for Africa, Mr.Lwando Bbuku commended the achievements made and urge participants to share the best practices.
"Let’s continue the spirit of working together and reconstruct our unity as we seek to make difference in this world”, said Mr.Lwando Bbuku.
The celebration gathered delegates from member’s states of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), ICT regulators, research organizations, PSF-ICT Chamber, the ICT regulated operators and the Government institutions.
Patrick Nyirishema, the director general of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) said Rwanda and the Africa as the continent need to engage at the global level, in terms of designing future technologies and staying at the fore front of these developments as opposed to becoming consumers.
“We are celebrating today in Kigali not only 50 years of achievements of the ITU-TSG3 for Africa, but also a promising future of Africa active participation in shaping International Standards” he noted.
According to ITU, regional Groups play an important role in bridging the standardization gap (BSG), which is also among the core mission of International Telecommunication Union to connect the world.
One of the first four groups established was the Regional Tariff Group for Africa (TAF Group) and Mr Mamadou Sidibe of Mali became its very first Chairman and Nigeria was the first Host of SG3 Regional Group for Africa.