West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly
The West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly was established in November 2004. WATRA consists of 15 independent National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and departments for regulation of telecommunications services established by governments of member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and Mauritania. WATRA was born out of the need to address present realities in the telecommunications industry in the sub-region while focusing on the need for West Africa to evolve a harmonized regulatory identity to boost investment and investors-confidence and to more effectively enhance the regulations of telecommunications services by contributing to human resource and capacity building efforts aimed at redressing the shortage of indigenous skills, competencies and capabilities in emerging information and communications technologies in the sub-region. WATRA partners are International development organizations, Private telecoms operators, Governments, ICT equipment manufacturers, ICT equipment vendors and Industry stakeholders.