GIS - December 2, 2015: The second steering committee meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Centres of Excellence (CoE) Network for the Africa Region opened this morning at Ebène Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène Cyber city.
Hosted by the National Computer Board in collaboration with Mauritius Telecom and Emtel Ltd, the three-day event is bringing together 12 ITU CoE delegates from six African countries namely: Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Senegal. ITU representatives, Government Officials, and CEOs of public and private bodies are also attending.
Discussions are focusing on the following: policy and regulation; broadband access; cyber security; spectrum management; emergency telecommunications; and e-Waste.
In his opening address, the Ag. Director of the Central Informatics Bureau, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Dr M. Soobron, stressed the need for all stakeholders of the ICT ecosystem to collaborate and think of innovative solutions in order to tap into the full potential of ICTs. Today’s meeting comes at the right time when the ICT industry is reinventing itself to become a critical backbone of socioeconomic development, he observed, and identified trends in the ICT sector which could be the focus of discussion during the meeting.
For Dr Soobron, the ICT sector will continue to broaden and diversify, but most importantly it will continue to evolve at a remarkable rate and to remain relevant in such a context is a challenge. In order to transform these challenges into opportunities, there is a need to embrace innovative approaches in the review of policy and regulatory frameworks, he added.
The CoE programme was launched by the ITU with a view to supporting capacity building and sharing expertise, resources and know-how in telecommunications and information and communication technologies in developing countries.
The ITU CoE in Africa represent a sustainable network of selected training and educational institutions (nodes) that provide training opportunities in topics related to telecommunications and/or information and communication technologies.
The objective of the CoE in Africa is to establish a sustainable network of selected training and educational institutions comprising various nodes specialising in: Policy and Regulation; Business Management; New Technologies and Services; and, Universal Access and Rural ICT Development.
The Steering Committee
The CoE in Africa has a governing Steering Committee which is charged with the several responsibilities, amongst which: identifying the criteria for the allocation of courses/programs to the different nodes along with the subsequent finalisation of the programs for each node within the action plan; and reviewing the mechanism for the inclusion of other institutions into the network of nodes.
About the ITU
The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies. The ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
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