Central Africa fosters growth of digital economy

December 7, 2016 6:56 am7 commentsViews: 19

digital economyKINSHASA, (CAJ News) – CENTRAL Africa’s digital transformation ambitions have received a major boost with the adoption of model laws on telecommunications, cyber security and the regulatory framework.
Member countries of the Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) – supported by the Economic Commission for Africa and the International Telecommunications Union – have adopted the laws that govern cross-border interconnection.
Such is the outcome of a session of the meeting of Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications, which has concluded in Brazzaville, Congo.
The adoption is the outcome of a long process, initiated in 2011.
The harmonized legal framework is an essential frame of reference propitious for the development of ICTs through a sound, transparent and robust regulation, but especially a tremendous catalyst for attracting investors to help the sub-region successfully achieve digital transformation.
It is envisaged the adoption would contribute to bolster citizen’s confidence in using ICTs and electronic communication services and foster the development of a digital economy or other online transactions while ensuring protection for personal data.
ECCAS members are Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DRC, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe and Rwanda.
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