Presentation on theme: "Capacity Building Workshop on Access to Submarine Cables"— Presentation transcript:
1 Capacity Building Workshop on Access to Submarine Cables Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA)Capacity Building Workshop on Access to Submarine Cables7-8 May 2012Kigali, RwandaMs. Ida JallowHIPSSA Senior Project CoordinatorInternational Telecommunication Union(Template by Jean Francois Le Bihan)
2 Summary Introduction Project methodology Implementation Discussion Institutional contextObjectives and principlesGovernanceProject methodologyRegulatory harmonization cycleHarmonized contentImplementationActivities at global, regional and national levelImplementation methodologyComparative study of regional initiatives for regulatory harmonizationDiscussionResearch on ICT regulation, when technology and human sciences meetHIPSSA, an example for inclusive and multilateral governance
3 ITU-EC Project for Harmonization of ICT Policies in ACP 1ITU and the European Commission launched a global project to provide “Support for the establishment of harmonized policies for the ICT market in the ACP states” in December 2008It is a component of the “ACP-Information and Communication Technologies” programme within the framework of the 9th European Development FundThis global project entails three regional sub-projects addressing specific needs of each regionHIPCAREnhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory ProceduresHIPSSASupport for harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Saharan AfricaICB4PISCapacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island States
4 Objectives and Principles 1Global objectiveSupport towards creating harmonised policies for ICT and an efficient regulatory environment, conductive to massive investments required by ICT infrastructures and applications in the ACP countriesDetailed objectives:Supporting regional integration organizations to develop and promote the use of harmonized ICT policies and regulations in their regionAssisting individual beneficiary countries to adopt and implement ICT policies and regulatory guidelinesBuilding human and institutional capacity in the field of ICT through a range of targeted training and knowledge sharing measures at regional and national levelITU-EC Project for Harmonization of ICT Policies in ACP countriesBuilds on experience gained from previous project in West AfricaUses a demand-driven bottom-up approachPays specific attention to link substance of policy/regulation to capacity buildingIncorporates all past and current projects of international and regional organizations
5 HIPSSA Governance and Steering Committee 1Co-chairmanshipPan-African organizations (AU body and UN agency)Regional Economic Organizations (REC)Regional Integration Organizations (RIO)Regional Regulators’ Associations (RRA)AUCITUATUUNECAWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaECOWASECCASIGADCOMESAEACSADCWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaUEMOACEMACIOCWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaWATRAARTACARICEAEACOCRASA
7 Harmonized Content2Common list of priorities articulated around eight (8) main subjects.N°Subjects1Licensing: Technology neutral licensing2Universal service: Best practices for selection and funding of universal access or service providers3Spectrum management: Harmonized Calculation Method for Africa, HCM4A: cross-border frequency coordination4Numbering: Regional numbering plans and planning guidelines5Interconnection: Access to submarine cables, cost modeling and roaming6Cybersecurity: cybercriminality and computer emergency response teams7Analog to Digital Broadcasting Migration: Regional strategies and national roadmaps8Statistics: Monitoring and evaluation
8 Global, Regional and National Activities 3Modular implementation of priorities based on four (4) AU geographical sub regions (WA, CA, EA & SA) to reflect the heterogeneity between them.GlobalComparison of regional initiatives for regulatory harmonizationCross-border frequency coordination (HCMC4A)Monitoring and evaluation / Regulatory benchmarkingAnalog to Digital Broadcasting MigrationWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaCERT training workshopWATRA guidelines on submarine cablesECCAS Model LawsECCAS and CEMAC Cybersecurity ActsARTAC Cost ModelCERT training workshop for EACCost Modeling for COMESAIGAD SpectrumSADC Policy Framework ReviewCRASA Universal Service GuidelineRegionalWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaTransposition of ECOWAS & UEOMA Community ActsTransposition of ECCAS Model Laws & CEMAC DirectivesImplementation in IGAD & IOC Member StatesImplementation of updated SADC frameworkNational
9 Methodology for activity implementation 3Pairing of national or regional expert with international expert for bilateral knowledge transfer and human capacity building
10 Study of regional initiatives for regulatory harmonization 3ContextDiversity of regional organizations as to their means and harmonization methodsSimilarity of telecoms/ICT regulatory harmonization challengesRegional harmonization “volume effect" vs. national implementation efficiencySome main findingsThree levels of governance make the process intricate and complexRegional organizations are not progressing at the same rhythm (same for MS)Most initiatives do not have a binding nature and enforcement mechanismsCollaboration between regional regulators' associations and their respective regional organizations is heterogeneousSome recommendationsSet common streamlined processes for all regional organizationsReduce the level of regulatory discretion at national and regional levelCreate a pan-African independent regulatory agencyAdopt pan-African common principles such as: objectivity, transparency, proportionality, non-discrimination, technological neutrality, etc.
11 Discussion 14Further to its primary objective of policy implementation,……the report has been designed to offer other possibilities as a training material…Few specialized publications on ICT regulation in AfricaFirst comprehensive study on regulatory harmonizationCollection of regional acts in electronic version…but could also stimulate research in a potential new priority areaIt could serve as a base survey for untapped research questionsAcademic research would complement one of the project’s objectives: institutional and human capacity building
12 Discussion 24HIPSSA, an example of governance in development cooperationMultilateralism: EC mandates ITU, a UN specialized agencyEU-AU Partnership: AUC is co-chairing with ITU the HIPSSA Steering CommitteeRegional integration: REC are project’s beneficiaries and members of Steering CommitteeThis EU-funded global project is an platform for additional bilateral assistance actionsThis EC project has a global geographic scope and an inclusive approachEU Member States support some modules in this global schemeWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaCERT training workshopWATRA guidelines on submarine cablesECCAS Model LawsECCAS and CEMAC Cybersecurity ActsARTAC Cost ModelCERT training workshop for EACCost Modeling for COMESASADC Policy Framework ReviewCRASA Universal Service GuidelineRegionalWest AfricaCentral AfricaEast AfricaSouthern AfricaTransposition of ECOWAS & UEOMA Community ActsTransposition of ECCAS Model Laws & CEMAC DirectivesSupport to implementation in IGAD & IOC Member StatesImplementation of updated SADC frameworkNational
13 ITU-EC Project - Harmonization of ICT Policies in ACP countries ContactsThank you for your attentionFor more information:Sandro Bazzanella ITU-EC Project ManagerPhone:Fax:International Telecommunication UnionHeadquarters Place des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 20SwitzerlandIda Jallow HIPSSA Senior Project CoordinatorPhone:Fax:International Telecommunication UnionRegional Office for Africa P.O. BoxAddis AbabaEthiopiaITU-EC Project - Harmonization of ICT Policies in ACP countries
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