SADC ICT Ministers want competitive advantages over other continental regions

Telecoms

The assistant executive secretary of SADC, the Angolan João Caholo, expressed the view that the Southern African region should acquire competitive advantages over other African and world regions in terms of Telecommunication and Information and Communication Technologies.

João Caholo stressed this desire whilst speaking during the opening ceremony of the SADC meeting of the telecommunication ministers, and justified it with the fact that SADC successfully started a process of implementing efficient legal and guiding frameworks, as well as predictable policies characterised by confidence in the market.

He also defended that the region registered a high competitive level, regular investments and sustainable growth of the sector of Telecommunication and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

On the other hand, and in face of the challenged resulting from the dynamic observed in terms of technological development, SADC's assistant executive secretary stressed the essential need for investors of this sector to obtain returns from investments before overcoming the technology.

The source said that SADC needs to take advantage from the convergence of platforms of information and communication technologies, taking into account the experiences recorded in the technological industry.

According to João Caholo, these convergences quickly increased the region's capacity to use a unique communication network to provide several integrated services through a unique one stop shop.

In this 26th meeting, the ministers of Telecommunication and Information and Communication Technology of SADC discussed issues relating to internal and regional roaming services in the community, the evaluation study of the regulating impact, the guidelines for the defence of consumers and their rights in the field of ICTs and the implementation plan of migration for digital television in the region.