Transform Africa Summit 2013 Rwanda is today hosting a continental ICT innovation summit, Transform Africa 2013co-hosted by President Paul Kagame and Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The summit, a second one after Connect Africa which was held in 2007 and focused on connecting citizens, will set a new agenda for Africa to leapfrog development challenges through the use and uptake of broadband and related services. Over the past decade, broadband connectivity has greatly increased across Africa as the continent keeps up with global ICT trends that are now largely driven by innovation – particularly in mobile technology.

The exciting four days includes a Leaders Summit, Smart Days Africa, a parallel youth innovation and entrepreneurship summit, a cutting edge exhibition and Transform Africa Continental Awards.

In attendance are delegates from over 40 African Countries, with Uganda’s State Minister for ICT Nyombi Thembo together with representatives from Uganda Communications Commission.

OPENING REMARKS

Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Vice-President of Operations: Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, African Development Bank.