NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Senior African policymakers on Monday resolved to
adopt a common position aimed at propelling growth of ICT sector
and embed it in the Continent’s transformation agenda.
The policymakers and
experts who met in Nairobi for a preparatory meeting ahead of
the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) summit to be
held in Dubai in October, said that a consensus is required to
hasten the fourth industrial revolution in Africa that is based
on technology and innovations.
Joe Mucheru, Kenya’s
Cabinet Secretary for ICT, stressed that harmonization of policy
and regulatory frameworks is key to ensure the benefits of
digital revolution in Africa are spread evenly.
safeguard its interests in the global ICT arena by speaking in
one voice. Our collective obligation going forward is to ensure
there is uniformity in policies and regulations to reap from the
benefits that the digital era has ushered,” Mucheru said.
Kenya hosted the 4th
African preparatory meeting to craft the continent’s common
position that will be submitted at this year’s meeting of top
decision making organ of the International Telecommunications
It is hoped that by
speaking with one voice, African countries will be able to gain
leverage required to harness benefits linked to global ICT
“We should not lose
on the fourth industrial revolution which is driven by ICT and
our collective efforts to harness emerging technologies like
artificial intelligence, internet of things and block chain will
boost out socioeconomic development,” said Mucheru.
He noted that ICT
and innovations sub-sector across Africa is on a growth
trajectory thanks to enactment of friendly policies,
macro-economic stability and the youth bulge.
are united in their quest for rapid growth of the ICT sector
that will help address the continent’s endemic socioeconomic
challenges like poverty, disease, environmental depletion and
the Secretary General of Nairobi based African
Telecommunications Union, said reactivating growth of the
Continent’s ICT sector has gained traction amid rapid transition
to knowledge based economy that promise shared prosperity.