A new strategy has been set to develop the ICT sector in Africa until 2024 by a multi-agency grouping including the African Union.
Post and Telecom Infrastructure, Capacity Development, e-Applications and Services, enabling environment and governance, mobilisation of resources and partnerships, industrialisation, as well as research and development are the seven themes on which the strategy is based.
During the 5th Meeting of the Heads of ICT Units in AUC, NEPAD Agency, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Associations of Regulators on Harmonisation and Coordination of Regional and Continental ICT Programmes, Projects, and Activities adopted the Continental ICT Strategy for Africa (CISA).
“This is a major achievement toward the harmonization of policies and regulations in Africa,” noted Dr. Elham Ibrahim Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.
The ICT coordination meetings started in 2011 as a response to the AU organs’ decisions requesting AUC to effectively coordinate with RECs as the building blocks and with all African stakeholders. “I would like to invite all other sectors to emulate this approach” said the Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the African Union Commission (AUC) , NEPAD Agency (NPCA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), East African Community (EAC), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), East Africa Communications Organizations (EACO) and the Communications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa (CRASA).