The ceremony which took place in Kigali was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Community, Louise Mushikiwabo and TV5 Monde Managing Director, Yves Bigot among other officials.
At the event, TV5 Monde unveiled a free ‘phone application’ that will help smartphone users in Africa to watch their news.
Speaking at the event, Mushikiwabo hailed TV5 Monde for bringing the unveiling ceremony in Rwanda saying that Rwandans will benefit from it based on how ICT continues to be embraced in the country and the different opportunities presented therewith.
“Our country is investing in ICT and as a result internet is available in Kigali City and all secondary cities. TV5 Monde will be followed by many Rwandans as they use different languages. French language is taught in Rwandan schools. Through this platform Rwandans will be connected with fellow Africans,” Mushikiwabo said.
According to TV5 Monde’s Bigot, celebrating the anniversary and launching the platform in Rwanda is pleasing saying that they chose Rwanda following Honourable Mushikiwabo’s invitation last year, when they met in Francophone Summit in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
He said that the invitation was a symbol of how Rwanda likes French language. Bigot said that the channel can be a tool of talks between government of Rwanda and France over Political matters.
“This is a culture-based channel, dialogues are the main tool to solve political issues, and we shall explore all possibilities to encourage dialogue,” he said.
TV5 Afrique started to operate in Africa in 1992 and is the most subscribed channel in all TV5 Monde Channels.
TV5 Monde is sponsored by five states, France, Switzerland, Canada, Quebec and Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles and reaches 84 French speaking countries.