[telecom paper] Rwanda has been appointed to head the Forum on Telecommunication Regulation and Partnership in Africa (FTRA). The forum annually brings together ICT experts, policymakers and regulatory bodies around Africa to discuss various ICT related issues. It is supported by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). This year's meeting in Kigali agreed that Rwanda takes over the presidency from Gambia, which has been heading the forum for the last year. Francois Regis Gatarayiha, the director of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), said that the country is ready for the challenge. This year's forum was convened to discuss ways of establishing cloud computing and development prospects of ICT in Africa. Among the recommendations agreed at the meeting are the quick implementation of broadband Internet in the whole of Africa to allow the operation of cloud computing, and the harmonisation of standards to ensure security of data when the technology is launched.
Rwanda to chair Africa telecom forum