[gu-new] (20100930) (1) Meeting Summary; Global Early Warning System (GEWS) and African Continent Broadband (BB) Development Projects; held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC on 9/20/2010 and (2) Concept paper for our joint projects with Rwandan and Congolese
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PS David Kanamugire <kdavid at presidency.gov.rw>
Ms. Claire Umubyeyi <claire.umubyeyi at undp.org>
Francisco Bozzano‑Barnes <francisco at tenureecology.com>
> (a) Project Proposal for Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, (September
> 27, 2010)
> (b) Meeting Summary; Global Early Warning System (GEWS) and African Continent
> Broadband (BB) Development Projects
> (c) BBC News, September 23, 2010; “US frees unused airwaves for 'super wi-fi'
> (d) New York Times, EDWARD WYATT, September 23, 2010; “F.C.C. Opens Unused TV
> Airwaves to Broadband”
> (e) Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; “Japan’s Education Cooperation
> Policy 2011-2015: Education for Human Security ~Building Human Capacity,
> Nations and World Peace through Educational Development~”
> (f) Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; “Japan’s Global Health Policy
> 2011-2015: EMBRACE - Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care-”
> (g) BBC New, “East Africa seeks more Nile water,” (14 May 2010)
> (h) Cambanis, T., “Egypt and Thirsty Neighbors Are at Odds Over Nile,” New
> York Times (September 25, 2010)
> (i) (20100925) "Law of Sea" as an Example of Computer Mediated Negotiation for
> Prevention of Conflicts
> (j) “Africa with Advanced ICTs” Concept paper for our joint projects with
> Rwandan and Congolese (September 30, 2010)
Dear David and Claire:
(1) It was our great pleasure for me and Paco to have met with you and
Claire at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC on 9/20/2010. It was a very
exciting and fruitful mtg, indeed — see References (a) and (b) above.
> Dear Paco:
> Many thanks for your excellent minutes of our mtg.
(2) We discussed mainly about the followings;
> (a) Establishment of a hub of our Global Early Warning System (GEWS) project
> for African countries in Kigali, Rwanda,
> (b) Establishment of Global University System (GUS) in Rwanda,
> (c) E-healthcare and telemedicine in Rwanda,
> (d) Human settlement project with inexpensive housing for local community in
> (e) Broadband Internet in Rwanda and across DRC to west coast Africa submarine
> cable, etc.
(3) The new “Super Wi-Fi” technology of the References (c) and (d) would
certainly help those projects — David, pls start preparing frequency
spectrum for this technology — you firstly need to convert your country’s
analog TV to digital.
You told me before that you are connecting major cities and towns in Rwanda
with 20 Gbps optical fiber network by the end of this year. Each of them
could have a “Super WiFi” center so that every one wherever they are can
have broadband Internet.
> This will certainly leapfrog Columbia University in NYC which now has only 100
> Mbps and major Japanese universities with 1 Gbps. BTW, myself in NYC have 9.6
> Mbps for downloading and 0.4 Mbps for uploading with $45/month fee to access
> Time Warner cable service — very sluggish streaming video with this bandwidth.
>> On the other hand, your audio quality during our audio conference a few weeks
>> ago was superb — almost same as analog telephony even though you said that
>> you were using VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol, i.e., through Internet).
>> I was quite amazed with this capability. However, a some weeks back when I
>> initiated my phone call to you, the audio was very poor and cost me about
(4) References (e) and (f) are the pledges made by Mr. Naoto Kan, the
Japanese Prime Minister, at the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Summit on 9/23rd — US$3.5 billion for education and US$ 5 billion for
healthcare in developing countries for 5 years from 2011.
I am sure that your projects mentioned above would fall in the scope of
those funds, and Rwanda and DRC are eligible for getting those funds.
(5) You mentioned that a Swedish indicated his/her interest in our Global
Early Warning System (GEWS) project. Pls inform me more about this lead.
(6) The first task of the proposed hub of the GEWS in Kigali could be the
conflict resolution issues on water usage along Nile River with Ethiopia,
Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and
Rwanda — see References (g) and (h) above — as following the precedence of
the “Law of Sea” computer mediated negotiations mentioned in Reference (i)
above. This project may be supported by the Japanese fund — see Reference
Dear David and Claire:
(7) David, you requested us to make a fact-finding trip to your Rwanda in
the first week of the coming November.
Reference (j) above is the draft of our concept paper which includes some
ideas for our joint projects with you. We can discuss about them in more
details in Kigali.
Pls feel free to advice us with any further suggestions and then utilize it
for your fund raising.
Keep in touch.
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PS David Kanamugire
Ministry in the President's Office in charge of ICT
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry In Charge of Information Communication
Office of the President
Republic of Rwanda
P. O. Box 15
Mob: +250-788 30 4442
kdavid at presidency.gov.rw
davidk at gov.rw
Ms. Claire Umubyeyi
Central Strategy and Policy Cluster
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
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New York, NY 10017
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claire.umubyeyi at undp.org
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