DOT-COM Activity: Africa Region - COMESA High-Level ICT Forum
Country: Africa Region
Short Description: The Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa includes 20 countries from Egypt to Namibia. Its working group on ICT policy is funded by EuropeAid and USAID and has existed since at least 1997.
Phase/Type of Activity: Pilot Status: Completed
Start date: September 01, 2004 End Date: September 04, 2004
Person(s) to contact
Sarah Tisch, Ph.D. , Chief-of-Party
dot-GOV , Internews Network
Tel: 202 833-5740 x 203
Full Description: The Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa includes 20 countries from Egypt to Namibia. Its working group on ICT policy is funded by EuropeAid and USAID and has existed since at least 1997, when the satellite communications expert Dr Dafalla was ap-pointed to lead it. This Forum was its first ministerial-level get-together; its principle participants were a five-person delegation from each country led by a minister and usually including the telecom regulator head. The High Level ICT Policy Forum was attended by delegates from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The representatives of EAC, UNECA, USAID/REDSO/ESA, IGAD, ITU, WTO, WDR, MTN, ADB, Dimension Data, FCC, IBM, CATIA also attended the forum.
USAID developed the Information and Technology Agreement Project (ITA). This project will assist the COMESA members to access on ITA. Benefit of ITA : growing economy, education, health
and give assurance of foreign investors.
Development Sector(s): Information Technology
ICT Intervention(s): ICT/education policy formulation
Links and Files:
- COMESA High Level ICT Policy Forum Report
Presentation for COMESA ICT Policy Forum Report by FCC Speaker, Patrick A. Boating.
- Whats E-Commerce Take?
Presentation for COMESA ICT Forum on e-commerce and e-payments.