Rebecca Joshua concludes study tour in Burundi


On an invitation by N-Soft, a telecommunications application solution provider, for a study tour in Bujumbura, Burundi, the South Sudan Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hon. Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, accompanied by Engineer Baranya Chaplin Jibi, visited Burundi to learn and familiarize with the Traffic Management Solution that provides technology for the oversight in the telecommunications sector. This includes fraud detection and prevention and further provides incremental revenue generation for the country which will enhance the telecommunications/ICT sector across South Sudan.  clip_image002_7

During her two-day visit to Bujumbura, Hon. Rebecca and the accompanying delegation were briefed on technological solutions. Thereafter, the ministerial delegation visited the premises of Onatel, the National Operator of Burundi and had the opportunity to see the solutions running in real time.  clip_image002_6

As well, N-Soft arranged for a courtesy call on the Burundi Minister of Telecommunications, Information, Communication and Relations with Parliament, Hon. Tharcisse Nkezabahizi.

The minister welcomed his South Sudanese counterpart and shared his experiences of implementing similar solutions in his country. Minister Okwaci expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome and the valuable advice provided.

Furthermore, the delegation visited the Central Post Office of Burundi and was briefed on the history, operations and development of the postal sector and learnt lessons, such as transforming postal to a modern, dynamic and innovative sector that offers great services to the people, particularly to the rural and the un-served communities.   clip_image002_8

This trip was worthwhile for the development of telecommunications/ICT and Postal sectors in the Republic of South Sudan.

Burundi is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. Much of the southwestern border of Burundi is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika clip_image002_9

Burundi is one of the growing African countries in ICT following civil war disruptions in the country. For Burundi, the expansion of the ICT sector is essential for the promotion and modernization of public and private activities and to better integrate the economy. There are several opportunities for growth for the ICT sector including e-commerce and e-services, mobile technologies, automation and ICT training.  clip_image002_5

The Ministry of Telecommunications, Information, Communication and Relations with Parliament is responsible for ICT implementation, ICT/ Telecommunication regulation and the Ministry has responsibility for monitoring and implementing Burundi’s ICT strategic plan.