African ministers call for prioritizing digitization in Africa
1 December 2017
African ministers in charge of communication and ICT and postal services on Friday called for digitization as a priority for Africa.
During a two-day meeting which concluded on Friday, of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT, the ministers discussed and made decisions on continental and regional programmes that impact Africans in the communications and ICT sectors.
The current situation of the communication and ICT subsectors in Africa still face many challenges, despite the significant gains in African media landscape, telecoms and ICT and postal services, has noted the conference held at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Closing the conference, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, reiterated the importance of communication and information technologies for Africa’s development.
The conference has noted that digitization agenda is an essential and the greatest opportunity for Africa to drive the fundamental changes of the world in the 21st century, if wisely harnessed and mainstreamed.
Digitization could potentially be the catalyst in achieving national development agenda, the Agenda 2063 aspirations and the UN Agenda 2030 development goals, it said.
The Conference has recommended forming Africa cybersecurity collaboration and coordination committee to advise the AU Commission and policy makers on cyber strategies. Enditem