On Thursday 23rd November, African Ministers of Communication and Information Technologies gathered in Addis Ababa for their second ordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT (STC CICT-2) to discuss and make decisions regarding continental and regional programmes that impact Africans in the communications and ICT sectors.
The Ministerial Conference was officially opened by Mr Cheikh Bedda, Director, Infrastructure and Energy Department, on behalf of the Commissioner, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union, under the chairmanship of Honorable H.E. Mr Modibo Arouna Touré, Minister of Digital Economy and Communication of the Republic of Mali.
Mr Bedda emphasized “The AU Commission strongly believes that the building of Africa’s information society requires a secure and safe Cyber space, an appropriate infrastructure and efficient coordination and adequate harmonized legal and regulatory frameworks”. He went on to mention that “The AU Commission developed a Convention on Cyber legislation for the continent that adheres to the legal and regulatory requirements on electronic transactions, cyber security, and personal data protection. The Convention was adopted by AU Assembly in June 2014,”
The main topics discussed in this conference centered around the evolution of the information society in Africa and its ongoing digital transformation, namely: the intra Africa connectivity; access to broadband Internet; delivery of digital services and digital literacy of the African citizens.
“The Governance of the Internet is a concern to all of us because it is in the heart of economic, political, geopolitical stakes at the national level. For this particular reason it becomes imperative for Africa to become actively involved in the dynamics of Internet Governance, Cybersecurity, and Cybercrime” – Minister Modibo Arouna Touré, Chair of the STC on Communication and ICT
The meeting elected the following Members to the Bureau of the CCICT-2 for the next 2 years:
- Eastern Africa: Ethiopia- Chair of the Bureau;
- Central Africa: Congo- 1st Vice Chair of the Bureau;
- Northern Africa: Tunisia- 2nd Vice Chair of the Bureau;
- Southern Africa: South Africa- 3rd Vice Chair of the Bureau;
- Western Africa: Ghana- Rapporteur of the Bureau
This second 2017 ordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and ICT ended on Friday November 24, 2017.