Assembly of the African Union, 14th Ordinary Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January-2 February 2010

Sectors : Agricultural investment and production, Education capacity, Health systems, medicines and regulation, ICT, Sustainable development, Science, research and technology general
Organisation : AU
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Heads Of State
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“Addis Ababa Declaration on Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting in the Fourteenth Ordinary Session of our Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 31 January 2010 and from 1-2 February 2010:

Reaffirming our commitment to the principles and objectives as enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union and our collective commitment to achieve the development of the Continent through the promotion of research in all fields, particularly in the area of science and technology;

... Recalling our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to achieve the sustainable development of our Continent;

Reaffirming our determination to eliminate poverty, improve public health and education, increase agricultural production, as well as attain the MDGs;...

i) INTENSIFY the activities to implement the Reference Framework for Harmonisation of Telecommunication and ICT Policies and Regulations in Africa, the action for the development of postal sector as well as the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy;

ii) STRENGTHEN national programmes and regional cooperation for the development and interconnection of broadband infrastructures, the deployment of Regional Internet Exchange Points, and the improvement of rural area connectivity based on the principles of technological neutrality, non discrimination and open access, in support of the PIDA and through the use of synergies with the transport and energy sectors;

iii) ACCORD, in our Telecommunications/ICT development policies and strategies, particular attention to the postal sector, a vital vehicle for reaching out to our populations in rural areas and the digitalisation of the broadcasting technology in Africa;

iv) DEVELOP programmes and actions on training, acquisition of basic competences in Communication and Information Technologies and on capacity building, particularly for national and regional regulatory organs;

v) PROMOTE research and development actions as well as an environment favourable to innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector with a view to finding solutions and services suited to the conditions and needs of African users;

vi) SUPPORT the effective operationalization of the Forum of Telecommunications Regulators’ Assembly as a non-binding Body, and the activities to create local content and socio-economic services adapted to Africa’s development imperatives and implement cyber-strategies that guarantee security, freedom, confidentiality and the development of each and everyone;

vii) ENCOURAGE harmonization and efficient management of radio frequency spectrum, at both the national and the regional levels, of the scarce resources of the sector (radiofrequency spectrum, numbering plans, etc) and promote a coordinated approach for the efficient development of broad band services;

viii) PROMOTE favourable regulatory environment for the implementation of innovative public-private partnership and financing models, the sharing of infrastructure, favourable taxation on ICT equipment as well as all the measures needed at national and regional levels to lower the tariffs and provide better quality of service in the sector.”