The Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) has unanimously elected Tanzania as its chairman. CRASA is the renamed TRASA, a regional association of SADC member states was formed in Dar es Salaam in 1997, but like ARICEA, it has now decided to admit broadcasting regulatory authorities.

Tanzania was voted to co-ordinate regulatory matters, exchange of new ideas and promotion of telecommunications skills in Southern Africa regions during the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (TRASA) 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which ended in Dar es Salaam at the weekend, according to a statement issued last week by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).

Delegates also collectively agreed to change TRASA to CRASA so as to embrace the convergence of technologies in the sector, mostly communications, broadcasting and postal services.

The statement says CRASA officials elected Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) Director General Prof John Nkoma Chairman of the regional association. Prof Nkoma took over the chairmanship from Trilock Dwarka of Mauritius who has just completed his term of office. Mauritius was elected first vice chairperson of the executive committee, Angola was voted second vice chairperson while Botswana attained the treasurer post.

CRASA delegates also resolved and approved the constitution of a committee, to prepare the association’s new strategic business plan, comprising representatives from Botswana-Convenor, Tanzania Co-convenor and four members namely Angola, Mozambque, South Africa and Zambia. Following its election, Tanzania pledged to play a key role in initiating special programmes aimed at bridging the gap of digital divide, which poses threat to the development of third world countries .

It will also be responsible for various administrative issues and collaborate with CRASA member states in decision making, says the statement.  During his vote of thanks, CRASA Chairman designate Prof Nkoma said Tanzania would strive to fulfil objectives of the association, which include maximising the utilisation of scarce resources in the special areas of communications.