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* Africa governments have been urged not to fully liberalise their information and communication sectors if the goal of universal access to communication services is to be achieved.Sammy Kirui, the Director General Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) warned that total pull out will deter wider access to IT services.

Kirui said the private sector is unlikely to meet targets set by the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).The objective of WSIS is to build an all inclusive information society and to promote its use for the achievement of inter- nationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.

Kirui said private communication entities only tend to concentrate in areas where they are guaranteed high return on their investments, while leaving out the larger rural population.He was speaking during last week’s official opening of a workshop on implementing the WSIS Action Plan held in Nairobi.

The two-day workshop whose aim is to bridge the digital divide across Africa is hosted by AITEC and sponsored by among others, the East African Standard Group, CCK and Safaricom Company limited.