FORUM ON TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATION IN
11-13 November 2003, Accra, Ghana
fourth Forum on Telecommunication Regulation in Africa was held in Accra, Ghana,
from 11th to 13th November 2003.
Forum was officially opened by Honourable Albert Kan – DAPAAH (MP), Minister
of Communications of Ghana, who in his keynote address welcame all participants
to Accra and wished them a pleasant stay in Ghana.
the Minister’s keynote address, Mr Mathurin Bako, Director General of ARTEL
Burkina Faso, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, CEO of CTO and Mr Kwami Mensah
representative of the Secretary General of ATU, delivered their respective
opening remarks from Mr Hamadoun I. Toure, Director of BDT, was delivered by Mr
Brahima Sanou, Head of the ITU Regional Office for Africa.
was elected Chairman of the Forum, with Nigeria as Vice-Chairman and Cameroon as
Forum heard and discussed reports and presentations submitted by regulators,
representatives of ministries, operators, Regional and International
Organizations and ITU consultants, focusing specifically on the following
Assessment of Telecommunication reform in Africa,
International and regional cooperation
light of the debates, which took place over the three days, the Forum laid
particular emphasis on the need to bring telecommunication access to all
Africans at affordable prices, making use of available technologies.
issues and the role of Regional Cooperation in the harmonisation of regulatory
matters in the continent had taken an important stance during the discussions.
addressed to Governments, Telecommunication Regulators as well as to other
stakeholders were made.
Forum believes that most African Governments have already put in place
regulatory authorities that are responsible for the implementation of the
telecommunication sector policies and for Universal Access in particular
the Forum recommends:
To the Governments
creation of a Regional Fund for Universal Access,
Harmonisation of national policies for Universal Access,
of ICT in the National Development Strategies and Policies.
To the Regulatory Bodies and Regional Regulatory Associations:
play an important role in defining policies and tools for interconnection,
adopt adequate approach for interconnection tariffs,
Forum expresses its sincere thanks to the Government and people of Ghana
and to the organizers and sponsors and requested its Chairman to transmit
an official message of thanks to His Excellency John Agyekum KUFUOR, President
of Ghana, and to the people of Ghana for all the facilities made available,
which significantly contributed to the success of the meeting.
Accra, 13 November 2003.