ICT: Doukaga Kassa at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland
24 mars 2023
The Minister of the Digital Economy, Jean Pierre DOUKAGA KASSA, has just taken an active part, in Geneva, Switzerland, in the work of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS 2023).
During his stay, the member of the government took part in several activities, in particular the high-level political panel, the ministerial round table under the theme “Bridging the digital divide », and the audience granted to him by the new Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Doreen Bogdan-Martin.
The high-level political panel allowed the Minister of the Digital Economy to present the vision of President Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, in terms of promoting the digital economy, a sector defined as a strategic lever for economic and social growth, at the Gabon.
Indeed, significant progress can be attributed to this vision, in particular the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework, the development and construction of digital infrastructures, the creation of innovation and entrepreneurship centers around digital incubators. , the training of young people and women as well as support in the creation of innovative start-ups.
Anything that promotes and strengthens the emergence and development of a digital ecosystem adapted to the creation of jobs in Gabon. These efforts have enabled the country to achieve, among other things, a mobile penetration rate of 165%, an Internet penetration rate of 123.5%, including 97% for mobile Internet.
These performances, according to the latest ITU ranking, rank Gabon as one of the most connected countries on the African continent and the first in Central Africa. In addition, Jean Pierre DOUKAGA KASSA also indicated that Gabon is involved in the single African network project, carried by the Smart Africa Alliance.
The member of the government also set out the objectives to be achieved within the framework of the Transformation Acceleration Plan (PAT), of which we can note the storage, management and securing of data across the national territory, the finalization of the process ratification of the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity (Malabo Convention) and the fight against cybercrime.
Finally, Jean Pierre DOUKAGA KASSA, during the ministerial round table on the digital divide around which, highlighted the gender equality policy advocated by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, a policy in which the digital economy department is fully integrated.
This approach fits perfectly with objective 5 of the SDGs, in particular gender mainstreaming. A subject that he also broached during the audience granted to him, on the sidelines of the proceedings, by the new Secretary General of the ITU. During the exchanges, the Minister of the Digital Economy requested the support of Doreen Bogdan-Martin for the next Gabonese candidates for the vacant posts of the office of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).