In conjunction with the European Commission, ITU launched an initiative to
support an integrated ICT market in West Africa, resulting in the adoption on 19 January 2007 of “Supplementary Acts on
the har- monization of policies and regulatory framework for the ICT sector” by the Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS) Heads of State. West African States are transposing these Acts into national law.
ITU-EC announced an agreement to harmonize ICT frameworks and build capacity in December 2007, aimed at:
Developing and promoting ICT market policies and guidelines;
Supporting regional organizations to develop and promote the use of harmonized ICT market policies and regulations;
Building human and institutional capacity in ICTs, through a range of training, education and knowledge-sharing measures.
The eighth ITU Forum on Telecommunications/ICT Regulation in Africa (FTRA-07) was held in Kenya in June 2007 on the
regulatory challenges associated with infrastructure-sharing. A WTDC regional initiative on regulatory issues was held
at kick-off meeting for the Arab Region Regulatory Harmonization Initiative , held in Bahrain in October 2007 . An
inaugural “Executive Training Programme on Enabling Frameworks for ICT Development” was organized by ITU and the
regulator in Singapore in mid-2007.