The eleventh ordinary meeting of the Regional African Satellite Communication (RASCOM) is holding its ordinary meeting from the 7-8 December 2009, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.
In his welcoming remarks on behalf of the Minister of Information, Information and Technology of The Gambia, Mr. Yusupha Kah, Minster of Trade , Industry and Employment said that the event in Banjul is a manifestation of the high degree of importance The Gambia attaches to the RASCOM project.
He went on to say that the hosting of RASCOM is a manifestation of President Jammeh's commitment to the RASCOM Project as a true Pan- Africanism adding that president Jammeh has allocated a site for the construction of one of the two(2) Network Operating Centres of RASCOM in The Gambia.
Minister Kah urged partner signatories to collectiely lend continuous support to the RASCOM project saying that it aims to continuous mltiply the number of satellities dedicated to African under its viable and sustainable project.
In his introductory statement, Director General cumChief Executives Officer(CEO) of RASCOM, Dr. Jones A. Killimbe expressed his deep appreciation to the African Union for its roles in providing a platform in which the leaders renew their political will in supprt of RASCOM projects.
According to him, RASCOM is the only continential information communication technologyproject which cuts across the whole continent.
He then thanked all the RASCOM Signatories who responded positively and paid their contributions , while requesting for their contiunued active participation of all the members in fulfilling their financial obligations in RASCOM.
Reading a statement on behalf of Gambian Leader, Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy said that The Gambia is indeed proud to be associated with the lofty and commendable goals of RASCOM adding that the government of The Gambia is deeply gratified by the strides initiated by RASCOM to implement a satellite network for Africa.
For The Gambia, veepee noted that the creation of such a superstructure is an assurance to boost the country's drive towards attaining the middle income contry status in line wth the objectives of the national vision 2020.
RASCOM for the past years, Gambian no.2 selled out has demonstrated its usefulness as a body that seeks to harness the opportunities presented by the global information and communications landscape in addressing the gaps in Africa's telecommunication infrastructure.
According to Njie-Saidy, the launch of RASCOM Star one(1) Satellite in December 2007, has been a strong wake- up call f the continent's resolve to promote Pan- Africanism and the integration that "we seek as a Union adding that the launch of the satellite , is a dream come true and a milestone has been achived to emanicapte our continent from centuries of foreign hegemony, merciless exploitation, and margialisation. she positioned.