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About Internet Society 2 September 2020

The Internet Society Welcomes the Comoros Chapter

We are excited to announce the new Internet Society Comoros Chapter! ISOC Comoros officially launched in July in front of an in-person and online audience at the Retaj Hotel.

Journalists joined several distinguished guests, including:

  • Dawit Bekele, Internet Society’s Regional Vice-President for Africa
  • Mohamed Said Abdallah Mchangama, President of the Federation of Comorian Consumers (FCC)
  • Amina Abdallah, Coordinator of the World Bank’s Phase 4 of the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program for Africa (RCIP-4)
  • Hamidou Mhoma, President of the Comorian ICT Association
  • Chamsoudine Soudjay, Secretary General of the Comorian ICT Association
  • Amroine Mouzaoui, Executive Secretary of the Comorian Movement for Entrepreneurs
  • Raymane Ali Matoir, Director of Human Resources of Telma Comores
  • Youssouf Abdoulmadjid, Chief Operating Officer of Comor’Lab
  • Moussa Abdallah Moumine, Coordinator of the General Inspectorate of National Education

Since the country’s very first connection to the Internet in July 1998, the Internet industry has continued to evolve, along with telecommunications. The country is beginning to benefit from the rise in competition in the ICT sector, and as such the establishment of ISOC Comoros brings an added dimension to the development, promotion, and use of the Internet for the greater good of the entire country.

The Internet is for everyone and it is shaped by the cooperation and the active participation of everyone. The idea of creating a Chapter in the Comoros came to us after we attended various international meetings. These raised the awareness of young Comorians, who see progress in various fields and share the same values regarding the use and importance of the Internet.

We are convinced that by partnering with all of the stakeholders in the development of the Internet locally, we will connect the unconnected and make the Internet a trusted and secure tool to boost the economic and social development of our country.

There were speeches throughout the ceremony, including an opening speech by the president of the new Chapter, Ali Hadji Mmadi, introductions of the members of the executive board, and an outline of the 2020 action plan. The president of the FCC defined the role and place of ISOC Comoros in the national ecosystem as well as the value of national expertise. Finally, Dawit Bekele gave the official launch speech to mark the beginning of the Chapter’s activities. Watch the ceremony!

ISOC Comoros is a nonprofit organization governed by Comorian law. It supports and promotes the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people in the Comoros. It endorses the mission of the Internet Society, and it supports its initiatives for the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.

The Chapter seeks to collaborate with all Internet development stakeholders in the country by helping to identify and resolve critical Internet issues. It is committed to a multistakeholder approach to ensure the participation of everyone in the development and governance of the Internet in the Comoros.

The new Chapter is ready to work with individuals and corporations in the Union of the Comoros to ensure that the Internet is open, secure, trustworthy, and affordable for everyone.

Follow ISOC Comoros on Facebook, Twitter or visit the website. Together, we can promote the development of the Internet and support the advancement of policies, standards, and the future growth of the Internet – in the Comoros and around the world.

Watch the official launch!

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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