Senegal Minister to give Keynote at Telecom event

West & Central Africa Com today confirms that Moustapha Guirassy, Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and Information & Communications Technologies, and Spokesperson of the Government of Senegal, will give an Opening Keynote speech at the conference which will be held in Dakar in June.

The event is the annual meeting place for all stakeholders in the telecommunications ecosystem in the region, which embraces most of French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa as well as some key markets such as Nigeria and Ghana. The programme includes keynote presentations from the region’s leading operators, with in particular keynote presentations from Tiemoko Coulibaly, CEO of Francophone Africa for Airtel, and Bernard Ghillebaert, head of West Africa and Asia at Orange Group.

Moustapha Guirassy will open the conference on the first day with an official welcome address and a presentation of Senegal’s telecommunications and ICT strategy. Mr Guirassy has been minister of Communication and Spokesperson for the Government of Senegal since 2009, and has been in charge of telecommunications and ICT since June 2010. In this role he has led the adoption of a new Code for Telecommunications, a major reform in Senegal’s telecommunications sector. It forms part of the process of harmonisation of telecommunications regulatory frameworks across West Africa and its objective is to encourage a more competitive and dynamic market. In particular, the reform gives a new autonomous status for Senegal’s regulatory authority ARPT, in line with international best practice for regulatory authorities.

By Angela Meadon