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Telecommunications Sector Development and Reform in Countries in Special Need - Africa

Project No 9RAF01056
Title Telecommunications Sector Development and Reform in Countries in Special Need - Africa
Short Title 9RAF01056
Description The Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998 in its resolution 34 (COM 5/10)) resolved to provide assistance and support to Burundi, Liberia, Rwanda and Somalia in the realisation that, telecommunication facilities had been severely damaged by wars and conflicts in those countries. However, no budgetary allocation was subsequently made against this resolution.
Although Sierra Leone was not included on the list, it is recommended to add it now as it has recently gone through similar civil strife, ethnic tensions and political instability that have destroyed the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.
The ITU/BDT will assist the countries in Special Need in the strengthening of the policy and regulatory environment in the telecommunications sector and improve rural access to services by encouraging private investment in those areas.
Specifically, the project would support the development of a modern regulatory framework including the drafting and implementation of legal, economic and technical regulations related to competition policy regarding telecommunication services and broadcasting. In addition, technical assistance would be required
for the design of a proposal for interconnection rates and tariffs; the design and development of fundamental
technical plans and basic technical norms for an efficient national telephone system; and the
design and development of a plan for the national allocation of spectrum frequencies.
Support would also be required for the design and start-up of independent regulatory agencies responsible for
sector regulation, planning and policy.
Technical assistance would include training of staff, overseas visits, and consultancies to cover
detailed structuring of the regulatory agencies, job descriptions, internal systems and procedures.
Status Archived
Time Frame From 1/1/2001

This Project is Archived