Kagame chairs New York Broadband meet

On 18 September 2017 at 10:54

President Paul Kagame yesterday chaired the 14th Broadband Commission for SustainableDevelopment held at Yale Club in New York, US.

The President co-chaired two working sessions. The session on ‘Enabling Digital Entrepreneurship for 2030’ examined how governments and private sector can work together to promote e-commerce and other technology-based businesses. In a discussion on Current Work on Future Directions, the chairs of the various Working Groups on Technologies in Space and the Upper Atmosphere had an opportunity to share key outcomes of their activities.

President Kagame pointed out that the Broadband Commission offers a platform for countries to identify key issues and work together towards finding solutions.

“The need to overcome our differences for the common good is a challenge we all face. Let us keep working hard at it. We must continue to mobilise the ordinary consumer and find a framework that enables us to find common solutions,” President Kagame said.

The Head of State called on Commission members to not be deterred by things that don’t happen even where it looked obvious.

“When we succeed, we must use this as a demonstration. It is not an easy, but possible and we must continue to push forward. Our efforts remain vital in ensuring that broadband and ICT receive the attention they deserve in the global development agenda,” President Kagame said.

The 14th meeting also saw the introduction of ten new commissioners.

Concluding the gathering, President Kagame presented outgoing Director General of UNESCO Ms Irina Bokova, who also serves as the vice co-chair of the Broadband Commission, with a special plaque in recognition of her work over the years.