Purpose: The purpose of the Africa Region Preparatory Expert
Group Meeting was to draft African Common Proposals (AFCPs) for the
first session of the Regional Radiocommunication Conference
(RRC-2004) so that African Countries could speak with one voice at
the Conference on mature AFCPs.
Participation: Twenty nine
(29) African Countries, CEPT and Thales Group experts as well as a
team of experts from the ATU General Secretariat attended the
meeting and were represented by ninety two participants. The names
of the participants are in the Consolidated List of Participants in
Opening Ceremony: The meeting was held at the Hotel Ivoire
in Abidjan from 8/03/2004. The opening ceremony was marked by the
speech made by the Chief Guest, the Minister of Modern Information
and Telecommunication Technologies, Hon Hamed BAKAYOKO who
officially opened the meeting.
The speech of the minister was preceded by a statement made by
the Secretary General of ATU Mr. Akossi Akossi.
The speech of the Minister and the statement made by the
Secretary General are in Annex 5.
Structure of the Meeting: The meeting had two sessions:
the Information and Preparatory Sessions. The overview agenda and
the programme of work are in Annex 2. The Information Session took
two days (8-9 March 2004) while the Preparatory Session took three
days (10-12 March 2004).
Report of the Information Session: The Information Session
was chaired by Cote d’Ivoire represented by Mr Kouakou Yao Jean-Baptiste
and supported by the General Secretariat.
During the opening session, the Secretary General of ATU, Mr.
Akossi Akossi made a welcome statement to all participants and
expressed his gratitude to CEPT and Thales Group for accepting to
participate at the Information Session at a short notice.
The presenters focused on issues of the agenda of the Conference
and responded to questions made by the participants. The report of
the Information is in Annex 3.
Report of the Preparatory Session: Before the start of the
session the Secretary General Mr. Akossi Akossi welcomed delegates
to the meeting and expressed gratitude to Member States that made
written contributions for the work of the session.. The output of
the session is in Annex 1 containing draft AFCPs. The report of the
Preparatory Session is contained in Annex 4.
Closing Ceremony: The closing ceremony was marked by a
Speech made by the Minister of the Ministry of Modern Information
and Communications Technologies, Hon Ahmed BAKAYOKO. The speech was
preceded by statement made by the Chairman of the two Sessions Mr.
KOUAKOU YAO Jean-Baptiste who presented the communiqué, Gabon who
read the vote of thanks on behalf of delegates, Major John Tandoh,
the Director General of Ghana and lastly by ATU Secretary General
who gave his closing remarks. The speech of the Minister and the
above statements are in Annex 6.
Conclusion and Recommendations: It is gratifying to note
that the meeting achieved its objective of generating draft AFCPs.
Nonetheless Members States are invited to consider taking actions on
the recommendations in order to improve the
AFCP process in preparing for the second session of RRC.
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