Telecommunications/ICT experts across the ECOWAS sub-region are currently gathered in
The meeting, which will be followed by another meeting of ministers in charge of telecommunications/ICT from ECOWAS member states on
Thehigh-level ministerial and experts' meeting underway at the
The four-day experts' meeting, which brought together over 80 international experts, will discuss the implementation status of the ECOWAS 2011-2015 strategic plan for the telecoms/ICT sector, as well as consider the impact of the termination of taxes on incoming calls within member states.
The meeting will also discuss the draft regulation for access to the submarine cables, and adopt the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmission standard.
Experts will also dilate on the resolution on special reduced rates for telecommunications services on ECOWAS Day (28 May), the West African postal conference and the implementation status of the dot
After intensive deliberations on the strengthening of telecommunications/ICT within the sub-region, the experts on the fourth day of their deliberations will adopt a final report, and prepare the working documents for the ministerial meeting.
The ministerial meeting which will crown the five-day forum is expected to consider the reports and recommendations made by the experts with a view to improve the telecoms/ICT sector within ECOWAS member states.
Speaking at the opening ceremony yesterday,
"These technological developments have blurred the dichotomy between broadcasting, ICTs and telecommunications, thus giving birth to a convergence of technologies and industries," he said.
This, he added, has precipitated the need for adaptive policies, as well as legal and regulatory frameworks to provide the enabling environment for the optimal utility of these opportunities.
According to the minister, the
"The Act transposed all the ECOWAS Supplementary Acts adopted at the time, and also assured the emerging information society issues were addressed," he said, adding that his ministry also developed a Strategic Plan for 2010-2014, which considers its infrastructure needs and the enabling environment required to facilitate this transformation.
As a nation, he went on, The
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