I bring you greetings from Uganda, especially from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). It is my pleasure to address you all the delegates attending this 45th General Council Meeting of the Africa Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) convened here in Nairobi, Kenya.
This forum, being the highest policy organ of AFRALTI, is certainly important and unique as it provides for direct interaction between us, the key stakeholders, with regard to providing policy direction that will guide AFRALTI for the next two years.
As mentioned by our Minister, we wish to reaffirm the commitment of the Government of Uganda in supporting AFRALTI as a centre of excellence for human resources building in the region. In that regard, I am happy to note that Uganda's representative, UCC, has continued to play an active role as a member of the Governing Council.
As the outgoing chair of the AFRALTI Governing Council Meeting, we wish to congratulate the new Director upon his appointment and we hope that during his tenure, AFRALTI will continue to renew itself and adapt to new challenges and new circumstances as the ICT sector continues to evolve, offering new services and new opportunities.
During the intervening period, Uganda has remained steadfast in the activities of AFRALTI. I wish now to provide highlights on communication sector growth.
(a) SIM Card registration will end on August 31, 2013
(b) Digital broadcasting has just kicked off, albeit in phases. Greater Kampala – a region where almost 70% of the TV viewers stay – is now operational. It is anticipated three-quarters of Uganda will be enjoying digital broadcasting by the end of this year.
(c) The National Addressing and Postcode Project is ongoing.
Mr Chairman, all said, I wish to reiterate Uganda's commitment to AFRALTI. We have always met our financial obligation to AFRALTI in a timely manner and pledge to remain as such. And, we have been active participants in a many AFRALTI-led collaborations.
Distinguished delegates, I do not intend to take any more of your time, as I realise that we have a busy schedule before us. Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the organisers for the warm gesture of hospitality accorded to us. I thank you.
Head of Delegation