Experts convene in Kigali for a regional workshop on satellite regulations



Kigali-Rwanda, 12th March, 2018: The week long regional workshop on satellite regulations kicked off today in Kigali. This high level forum has brought together delegates from different African countries including ICT regulators, telecom operators, broadcasting companies, and other satellite based service providers to discuss the development of satellite communications on African continent.

Opening the workshop, Lt Colonel Patrick Nyirishema, the Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), started by welcoming the delegates from across Africa to the country of thousand hills and stressed the contribution of satellite communications to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the world is getting digitized.

“African countries acknowledge ICT as a pillar for social-economic growth. And, satellites play a significant role in connecting Africa to the rest of the World. So, this workshop will equip the participants with knowledge about satellite communications issues, with the aim of strengthening the partnership among African countries in terms of accelerating the development of satellite technology.” Said Lt Colonel Patrick Nyirishema

During the workshop, experts from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) briefed the participants on international regulatory framework for satellites and the management for the coordination and notification procedures of satellite systems.

According to Akim FALOU Dine, an expert from the Space Services department at International Telecommunication Union, there is a need for African countries to join their hands in improving and promoting satellite services.

This week long regional workshop organized by RURA in collaboration with East African Communications Organisation (EACO) will conclude on March 16, 2018 and will cover all issues related to the development of satellite communications on African continent.

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