December 10th, 2015

Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang pledges support for CTO’s activities in the country

LONDON, 10 DECEMBER 2015 – A delegation of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation led by Secretary-General Shola Taylor is visiting Yaoundé, Cameroon this week as part of an effort to assess the Organisation’s programmes for Cameroon.

The highlight of the four-day visit was the meeting with The Honourable Philemon Yang, Cameroon’s Prime Minister with whom Mr Taylor discussed the country’s latest efforts in broadband infrastructure, cybersecurity and migration to digital broadcasting.

“I am extremely pleased with Prime Minister Yang’s determination to take Cameroon forward in curbing, mitigating and preventing cybercrime, and I am honoured by the personal commitment he made to ensure Cameroon’s collaboration with the CTO in this critical area is maximised.” Mr Taylor said shortly after his meeting with the Prime Minister.

Indeed, since earlier this year, the CTO is assisting Cameroon in the development of its national cybersecurity strategy, and review meetings by the various national stakeholders are taking place this week in Yaoundé, with participation from members of the CTO delegation. Other Commonwealth countries already working with the CTO for the development of their cybersecurity strategies include Botswana, Fiji and Uganda.

Separately, the CTO is member in a consortium selected to advise Cameroon on migration to digital broadcasting since last year, and the meeting with the Prime Minister was also an opportunity to discuss Cameroon’s progress in this area.

Earlier this week, Secretary-General Taylor also met with The Honourable Minette Libom Li Likeng, the country’s newly-appointed Minister for Posts & Telecommunications, as well as her advisors.

“Having assumed office as Secretary-General of the CTO only in September, this was an opportunity for me to understand first-hand the impact the CTO has on Cameroon’s ICT sector, and I was impressed with The Honourable Libom Li Likeng’s sense of resolve in addressing issues faced by the country’s ICT sector, and I have also assured her of our support .” Mr Taylor said.

“Mr Taylor also met with Jean-Louis Beh Mengue, General Manager, Telecommunications Regulatory Board which coordinates the CTO’s capacity building programmes for Cameroon.

For more information, contact Marcel Belingue at communications@cto.int.

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