September 15th, 2015

CTO Forum opens with a large turnout as Secretary-General Elect Shola Taylor takes oath of office

Over 400 participants from Commonwealth countries take part in the Nairobi event.

NAIROBI, 15 SEPTEMBER 2015Shola Taylor, Secretary-General Elect of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation took his oath of office during the opening of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum 2015 held this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

Oath

Signing of the oath by Shola Taylor, Nairobi, Kenya

Audience at CTO FOrum 2015

Participants at the opening of the 2015 Forum, Nairobi, Kenya

The oath ceremony took place in the presence of over 400 participants, including representatives of over 30 member countries who are attending the Forum ahead of the Organisation’s Council meeting to take place on 16 – 17 September 2015. Appointed in June this year, Mr Taylor will officially assume office on 17 September 2015.

“I feel a high sense of responsibility to take this organisation to greater heights. It is indeed a big challenge and I am all set to build on the foundations of my predecessors.

“I did not take this job just to be seen talking. I want to make a difference and plant a new ICT tree at the CTO.” Mr Taylor said in his statement of acceptance.

More specifically, Mr Taylor said he was determined to make a difference for all member countries in the following areas:

  • Mobile and Amateur issues
  • Science issues
  • Aeronautical, Maritime and Radiolocation issues
  • Fixed-satellite service
  • Mobile-satellite service
  • Satellite regulatory issues
  • General Issues

The Nairobi event was officially opened by the Honourable Minister of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya, Dr Fred Okeng’o Matiang’i who led a farewell ovation for outgoing Secretary-General Professor Tim Unwin, and invited the audience to commit more of their efforts towards greater broadband access and use.

“As an ICT fraternity gathered at this 2015 CTO Forum, I believe we have the responsibility to explore more on how the Commonwealth region can effectively use broadband as a tool for change”, Dr Matiang’i said.

Speaking of the progress achieved by Kenya, Francis Wangusi, Director-General of the country’s Communications Authority said that “digital services such as e-banking, e-health, e-commerce, e-education are now a mantra among Kenyans as more and more people access affordable smart devices.”

Representing the International Telecommunications Union, Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson expressed the readiness of the Union to collaborate with the CTO to advance the development of ICTs throughout the Commonwealth. He expressed full confidence in the ability of Shola Taylor to lead the Organisation successfully and wished him well.

Also present at the opening of the event was Paul Njaga, Chief Executive Officer of Chase Bank Kenya who spoke of the bank’s effort to using technology to address barriers to banking services across the country.

Organised on the theme “Towards a Connected Commonwealth”, this year’s event will address the following over three days:

  • International connectivity, and connectivity for rural communities
  • Regulation
  • Broadband
  • M-commerce and mobile money
  • The emerging consensus over the governance of the Internet
  • Use of connectivity in health, education and agriculture
  • Technology trends
  • Youth and ICTs

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, the annual ICT event of the Commonwealth of Nations, is held annually in a Commonwealth country. The purpose of the event is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between senior country officials, the private sector and civil society within the Commonwealth, but also beyond. The location of the 2016 Forum will be decided by the Council of the Organisation later this week.

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

About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation is the oldest and largest Commonwealth membership organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and uses its experience and expertise to support members in using ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower, equalise and emancipate people within the Commonwealth and beyond. More information about us here