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The Department of Telecommunication and Information Technologies has a cross cutting role across all departments and it serves as a catalyst in all sectors of integration for the ECOWAS Community. Its commitment is to improve and facilitate the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) services for all its citizens, its Member States and the region.

The core responsibilities of the Department include:

1.To develop and implement the regional policies on           telecommunications, ICT and postal services in harmony with the   needs of Member States taking into account, wherever practicable,   action plans and future directions as defined by International Organisations involved in the sectors, namely the African Union (AU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Universal Postal Union (UPU).

2.To initiate and coordinate the elaboration and the adoption of        Community legislations aimed at changing the legal, economic and  security framework in which telecommunications, ICT and postal  activities are performed in the Community.

3.To provide the necessary support to Member States national regulatory bodies with a view to promoting common regional infrastructure and interconnection, management of scarce resources, development and sharing of infrastructure, universal access/service, technological innovation, financial inclusion and cost reduction services to facilitate the effective introduction of a common regional telecommunications, ICT and postal market.

4.To facilitate the establishment of the ECOWAS Radio/Television

 

Highlights of Activities and Accomplishments

The Department has accomplished the Establishment of Six (6) Submarines cables with 25 landing points that provide affordable broadband access to international connectivity.

It also achieved the Interconnection of all ECOWAS Member States with a broadband network where each country has at least 2 direct broadband links with its neighbouring countries for the purpose of redundancy.

It has developed a policy and regulatory framework to set up an enabling ICT environment and ECOWAS ICT Common market as well as the establishment of an ECOWAS Common transmission standard, compression norm and technical specifications for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receiver for affordable DTT receivers for all the citizens.
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The ECOWAS Department of Telecommunication and Information Technologies has created an ECOWAS common stamp for all the Member states to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Organisation and the reinforcement of the ECOWAS citizens’ sense of belonging to the same community.

In addition the Department built the capacity of Member States and ECOWAS Institutions for the effective use of purchased and installed ICT equipment and improved access of National Units and community Institutions to the Internet as well as strengthened Information Systems on trade and markets opportunities available at national and regional levels ECOBIZ

Departmental impact on regional integration and community citizens

Development of regional and International connectivity as well as mobile broadband has improved Internet access and this has impacted positively on:

a,Improvement of quality of services and the reduction of national, regional and international communications costs including roaming services

b,Access to information and knowledge, particularly for academia and research

c,Development of e-applications including mobile applications in the following key areas: health, administration, governance, agriculture, etc.

2.Good broadband infrastructure and enabling environment have contributed to improve ICT business environment and competitiveness (more investments, open and competitive markets in the Member States, more choices and more protection of the consumers)

3.Development and improvement of electronic transactions including electronic commerce

4.Improved visibility of the ECOWAS Commission’s activities through the ECOWAS website

5.Provision of the ECOBIZ platform, an online database which enables its users to constantly have updated information on business opportunities (demand and supply of goods and services) in the region.

6.Facilitation of the consolidation of existing ICT societies and aiding the creation of a national umbrella body in Member States (Gambia and Senegal are in the process of forming national umbrella bodies)

PROJECTION FOR ICT IN WEST AFRICA

Given that the vision of the Telecommunication and Information Technology Department is the establishment of a single ICT market in West Africa, the big picture of the future is one that makes possible mass access to affordable and quality telecommunications services, safe cyber environment and dynamic digital economy, supported by a robust and widespread Telecommunications infrastructure. Nonetheless, ICT is envisioned as the engine of the West African regional integration process.

MAKING THE VISION COME TRUE

Under the supervision of the Commissioner, making the vision come true would require the harmonisation of policies to engender a common regulatory environment, the development of infrastructure at both national and regional levels, the promotion of the development of digital economy in West Africa as well as the development of products and solutions that facilitates the regional integration process.

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