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Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project No CALL-09
Title Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa
Description Over the last two decades, most of the Governments of Sub-Saharan Africa have embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory reforms recognizing the need to create better conditions to properly deal with the new issues brought by convergence in the ICT sector.
The “Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa” project aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC project “Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub Saharan Africa” (HIPSSA) and is designed to support African countries among the ACP Group of States to move into the convergence era with updated regulatory and legal framework, and, in particular, with appropriate skills within their bodies involved in ICT dispute settlement (the Judiciary as well as the Regulatory Authority, the Ministry having competence in ICT dispute settlement and, if any, the Ombudsman), hereinafter referred as “Dispute Settlement Bodies” to handle disputes in the ICT sector. It will provide responses to challenges that beneficiary countries will face during implementation of new harmonized ICT environment.
It will address the need for building human and institutional capacity of these bodies (with particular attention to improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution) through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as through the development of specific tools, with the goal of fostering an enabling and competitive environment conducive to necessary investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services.
This objective is in line with the objectives of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC 10) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Status Seeking Funds
Funding Call For Partners
Relation to the WSIS Action Lines
C06Enabling environment
Financial Scale (CHF) More than 1'000'000