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Connect Africa Summit Kigali, Rwanda 29-30 October 2007 Outcomes Report. Mr. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU. Summit Goals agreed.

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Connect africa summit kigali rwanda 29 30 october 2007 outcomes report

Connect Africa SummitKigali, Rwanda 29-30 October 2007Outcomes Report

Mr. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU


Summit Goals agreed

Goal 1: Interconnect all African capitals and major cities e and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012.

Goal 2: Connect African villages to broadband ICT services by 2015.

Goal 3: Adopt key regulatory measures that promote affordable access to a full range of broadband ICT services,


Summit Goals (cont.)

Goal 4: Capacity building-Support the development of a critical mass of ICT skills required by the knowledge economy

Goal 5: Adopt a national e-strategy, including

a cyber-security framework,

deploy at least one flagship e-government service & e-education, e-commerce and e-health services using accessible technologies in each country in Africa by 2012.


Summit Commitments

GSMA

US $50 billion between now and 2012 in new investment across the continent to expand and upgrade networks.

  • The World Bank Group

    • Will double its commitment to ICT in Africa to US$2 billion by 2012 .

    • Recent announcement of the US$424 million for regional Communications Infrastructure Program for countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and on the IFC financing of the Eastern African Submarine Cable Systems (EASSy).


Summit Commitments

  • The European Commission

    • EU-Africa Partnership for Infrastructure established to support trans-African networks

    • EU Trust Fund for Africa established with the European Investment Bank and ten EU member states

    • 100 million Euros in grants & 260 Million Euros for loans for the period 2007-2008.

  • AfDB

    • US$65m to two key regional infrastructure projects: RASCOM and EASSy

    • Scaling up its investments in infrastructure,

    • Projecting to invest 60% of its concessional resources on infrastructure, including ICT, in the next three years.


Summit Commitments

  • Rwanda and Tunisia (with AfDB)

  • New Centres of Excellence

  • Spain

    • 1 million Euro contribution to ITUto establish a Centre of Excellence for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries in Africa

    • ICT scholarships and internships for youth and support for ICT training centres.


Next steps: Implementation

  • ITU taking lead with AfdB

  • Monitoring all projects and actions

  • “6 Month” Follow up event Cairo, May 2008 all partners to give progress report


Implementation

  • ITU and the AfDB

    • Focus goal to interconnect capitals by 2012

    • Jointly undertake feasibility studies and develop project proposals for consideration by funding partners, including members of the Africa Infrastructure Consortium.

    • Collaborate in assisting countries to develop policies and regulations to encourage new ICT infrastructure investments.


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