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11th Forum on Telecom/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa

FTRA 2010

The 11th Forum on Telecommunication/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa (FTRA-2010) was held at the Kairaba Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia, from 12 to 14 July 2010 under the theme of Fibre optic broadband and sharing the capacity and open access principles to achieve Connect Africa Goal 1. Partnership and regulatory challenges.  The forum was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the kind invitation of the Government of the Republic of The Gambia through the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), in close collaboration with the African Telecommunications Regulators’ Network and the African Regional Working Party on private sector issues.

This forum was preceded by the ITU Regional Development Forum held from 14 to 16 July 2010 at the same venue under the theme of Modern Spectrum Management and Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting. Information concerning the ITU Regional Development Forum is available at: www.itu.int/ITU-D/tech/indexDevelopmentForum.html.

FTRA 2010 was attended by over 160 delegates representing 39 countries, and 17 organizations were also present at the event.

The theme for this forum emanated from proposals made by participants of the 10th Forum on the Telecommunication/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa, held in Lusaka, Zambia in May 2009. During the deliberations held in this forum, a general observation was made regarding the insufficient ICT infrastructure in Africa as recognized during the Connect Africa Summit held in Rwanda in October 2007 and the need to promote the sharing of infrastructure in order to achieve Goal 1: Interconnect all African capitals and major cities with ICT broadband infrastructure and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012.

The Forum provided the opportunity to analyze in depth the policy, regulatory and technical issues that could help the Africa region to secure the roll-out of networks and access of affordable services in the continent.

Thirteen recommendations were approved by the Forum and are published here in the Final Communiqué.  The mission achieved its objectives and the FTRA was considered by all involved as a successful meeting.   Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda offered to host FTRA 2011, to be confirmed.

The forum was held in English and French with simultaneous interpretation. Documents relating to the event and their regular updates are available on the ITU website at: www.itu.int/ITU-D/afr/events/FTRA/2010/documents.

 

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