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Summit Goals

With the aim of accelerating progress in the implementation of the Plan of Action established during the World Summit on the Information Society and the UN Millennium Development Goals, assembled Heads of State and Government and Ministers from African countries have shown their willingness to collaborate with partners from industry, financial institutions, international and regional organizations and civil society towards achieving the following Connect Africa Goals:

Goal 1:

Interconnect all African capitals and major cities with ICT broadband infrastructure and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012.

Goal 2:

Connect African villages to broadband ICT services by 2015 and implement shared access initiatives such as community tele-centres and village phones.

Goal 3:

Adopt key regulatory measures that promote affordable, widespread access to a full range of broadband ICT services, including technology and service neutral licensing/authorization practices, allocating spectrum for multiple, competitive broadband wireless service providers, creating national Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and implementing competition in the provision of international Internet connectivity.

Goal 4:

Support the development of a critical mass of ICT skills required by the knowledge economy, notably through the establishment of a network of ICT Centres of Excellence in each sub-region of Africa and ICT capacity-building and training centres in each country, with the aim of achieving a broad network of inter-linked physical and virtual centres, while ensuring coordination between academia and industry by 2015.

Goal 5:

Adopt a national e-strategy, including a cyber-security framework, and deploy at  least one flagship e-government service as well as e-education, e-commerce and e-health services using accessible technologies in each country in Africa by 2012, with the aim of making multiple e-government and other e-services widely available by 2015.

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