PP-18: H.E. Ms Paula Ingabire, Minister, Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

your excellency chairman of the ITU plenipotentiary conference 2018 ITU secretary-general and elected fish officials your excellencies ministers heads of delegation distinguished guests all protocols observed first allow me to on behalf of the randon delegation to thank the government of UAE for the warm welcome and the impeccable organization your excellencies ladies and gentlemen rundas ICT sector has registered tremendous progress over the last 24 years thanks to the leadership of our president and the partnership of ITU that has paved way for the private players to collaborate and co-invest in rolling out high broadband networks across the country as we continue to seek ways to achieve our ambitious vision of becoming a knowledge-based economy we've prioritized leveraging this state-of-the-art infrastructure to support the development of homegrown innovative solutions that address challenges that are unique to our continent we are witness to the improved healthcare delivery powered by drones citizens and businesses in Ronda are able to access services online driving an inclusive cashless and people s economy the impact of this new wave of innovations in developing economies is very transformational making it possible to leapfrog generations of long-established technologies your excellencies ladies and gentlemen Randa family believes that the role of ITU in bringing together member states to debate key policy issues and work towards a sustainable digital future is crucial today more than ever the fourth Industrial Revolution is gaining momentum with some of the emerging technologies growing exponentially I would like to call in all member states to work together for a stronger union capable of responding to the Asians of the membership both now and in the future particular attention needs to be paid to ICT development issues in order to avoid a digital chasm between developed and the developing countries which will have far greater consequences in the fourth Industrial Revolution then the digital divide in connectivity alone excellence Madame Monsieur johan de FF my McConville kill killer hole kosher deli UT ad or assembly desert a man pulled the but the Casio Claire Ahmadiyya the political economy numeric jihad I love delicate am heavily Co Industrial who certain technology emerged kinesin and develop my exponential Allah flee important catalyst determined travail and some pull in your bleep fault kebab the opened ll at an actual a future for this reason Rhonda is seeking re-election to the ITU console to continue working with all of you towards this noble goal as part of the 13 member states that have been endorsed by the African Union we pledge our continuous support to the broader I to your vision and reiterate our commitment towards total global Digital Inclusion thank you for your kind attention je vous remercie de votre amable Atencio merci [Applause]

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