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Akossi Akossi takes over as Secretary General
of ATU

Mr. Akossi Akossi, took over as the new Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) on 9th January 2004.  He was elected to the post by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries of ATU held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in August 2003 and will be in office for the period 2004-2006.  The handover of office between the outgoing Secretary General Mr. Jan Mutai and the incoming Secretary General, Mr. Akossi Akossi was presided over by Hon. John Michuki, Minister of Transport and Communications who is also the current Chairman of ATU’s Conference of Plenipotentiaries.

In his brief statement, the outgoing Secretary General thanked the Government and People of the Republic of Kenya for the tremendous support given to ATU during his tenure of office.  He urged the Kenya government to give the same support during the mandate of Mr. Akossi Akossi.

The incoming Secretary General expressed gratitude to the Government and People of Kenya for the warm hospitality accorded him and their continuous and invaluable support to the Union.

In his remarks, the Minister of Transport and Communication, Hon. John Michuki commended the outgoing Secretary General for his achievements at the Head of ATU and wished him plenty of success in his new assignments.  He welcomed the new Secretary General in Kenya and assured him of Kenya’s full support during his tenure of office.  He called for the creation of a harmonised ICT regulatory environment for Africa and urged the new Secretary General to work relentlessly to achieve universal access and full interconnection for the continent.

About the incoming Secretary General...

Mr. Akossi Akossi is a national of Cote d’Ivoire.  He was the Director General of Cote d’Ivoire Telecommunications Regulatory Agency from 1995-1997.  Until his election as ATU’s Secretary General, he was Strategic Business Network Senior Consultant.  He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications of Paris (France).

In his 23 years as a telecommunications professional, he has acquired solid experience in management and in telecommunications network and services development strategy.

He successfully steered the liberalization process of Cote d’Ivoire telecommunications sector and has contributed to the implementation of sectoral policies and innovative investment projects in several African countries.

He is very knowledgeable on issues of African integration and the public-private partnership needed for the development of information and communication technologies in Africa.

Mr. Akossi’s agenda is to make the African Telecommunications Union a credible organization institutionally strong, financially sound and capable of meeting the needs and expectations of African people and winning the trust of all stakeholders and development partners of the information and communication technologies sector.

His ambition is to carry through the African Telecommunications Union’s reform and repositioning on the basis of the 2002-2006 Strategic Plan and give fresher impetus to the organization to enable it achieve the seven goals of the strategic plan.

About the outgoing Secretary General…

Mr Jan Mutai, the outgoing Secretary General of ATU, was elected to this position on 7th December 1999, at the Extraordinary Session of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries of the Union, held in Cape Town, South Africa.  He has successfully completed his four year term of office in which he repositioned ATU, as one of the leading intergovernmental organisations in Africa, fostering accelerated development of information infrastructures and services.  Through his contribution and those of others, there is now more affordable access in Africa, to the benefits of the emerging information society especially through mobile networks and services. 

Mr. Mutai has built-up extensive experience, both in the public and private sectors, especially in the fields of public sector reform, business strategy, organisational restructuring, and process re-engineering.  In his next career move, he intends to use the considerable skills, knowledge and experience to provide consultancy services to clients in the ICT and energy sectors through his start-up consultancy firm - Jan Mutai & Associates.

He was previously, Managing Director of Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.  Whilst there, he laid the foundation for the reform and restructuring of the telecommunications sector.  For his contribution to national development, he has been honoured by the Republic of Kenya with several awards, which include the Head of State Commendation (HSC) and the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS).

Before appointment in the public sector, he had over 20 years experience in the business sector, with the Shell group of companies, where he rose through the ranks, from a plant engineer, through sales & marketing management, to Director Human Resources & Public Affairs.  Jan Mutai is a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and other professional organisations.


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