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ICT Policies, Legislative and Regulatory Harmonization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project No CALL-08
Title ICT Policies, Legislative and Regulatory Harmonization in Sub-Saharan Africa
Description The project ”ICT Policies, Legislative and Regulatory Harmonization in Sub-Saharan Africa” aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC “Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa” (HIPSSA) project. It will support further the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Organizations (ROs) and respective countries of Sub-Saharan Africa to develop and promote use of harmonized ICT policies and regulatory guidelines for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market in the region as well as building human and institutional capacity in the field of ICTs through a range of knowledge transfer measures.
This project will address new ICT policy and regulatory challenges facing the beneficiary countries – reflecting the continuous changes in the ICT Sector - with the goal of strengthening and expanding enabling ICT environment encouraging investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services to serve national priorities for socio-economic development in line with the objectives of the World Telecommunication Development Conference ((WTDC) Hyderabad,2010), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This project will in particular respond to the request of the Third Conference of African Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies (CITMC-3) held in Abuja, Nigeria in August 2010 … “request the AU Commission to: … work with the ITU and with all the development partners to continue activities on harmonization of policy and regulations in Africa based on the platform created by HIPSSA project in order to implement the remaining components of the Reference Framework adopted by the CITMC-2” (Abuja Declaration).
In close collaboration with the RECs/ROs and respective countries, this project will (a) prepare regional Guidelines for harmonized ICT policies, legislation and regulatory framework, (b) provide direct assistance to requesting countries for transposition at national level of these Guidelines as well as those prepared under the HIPSSA project (for requesting countries having not completed the process) and (c) provide related human and institutional capacity building.
This project will bring together governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations/institutions involved in ICTs in the region.
Status Seeking Funds
Funding Call For Partners
Relation to the WSIS Action Lines
C06Enabling environment
Financial Scale (CHF) More than 1'000'000