Heads of ICT across African countries have adopted a comprehensive ICT Strategy for Africa (CISA) to guide the development of the sector on the continent until 2024, according to the African Union Commission (AUC) Directorate of Information and Communication
According to the AUC, the strategy was adopted at the fifth meeting of the heads of ICT Units in AUC, NEPAD Agency, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Associations of Regulators on Harmonisation and Coordination of Regional and Continental ICT Programmes, Projects, and Activities in Balaclava, Mauritius.
“The new strategy that will guide the development of the ICT sector on the continent until 2024, is anchored on seven strategic themes - post and telecom infrastructure, capacity development, e-applications and services, enabling environment and governance, mobilisation of resources and partnerships, industrialisation, as well as research and development," Moctar Yedaly of the AUC said.
The meeting was attended by representatives including those from the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency (NPCA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).
According to the AUC, the ICT coordination meetings started in 2011 as a response the AU organs’ decisions requesting AUC to effectively coordinate with RECs as the building blocs and with all African stakeholders.
The coordination meetings are held every six months and are hosted in different RECs on a rotational basis.