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Activities

Key Areas of activities

  • Enabling environments
  • Harmonization of Policies and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Broadband development
  • Enhancing Cybersecurity
  • Spectrum management
  • Digital broadcasting
  • ICT applications
  • Production of ICT Statistics
  • Capacity Building
  • Postal services development

Programs/Projects

The directorate is running the following programs:

Program 1: Promote the Development of Economic and Technological Infrastructure.

Goal: Facilitate the development of infrastructure for the attainment of a Competitive Business and Investment Capacities and Environment

Objective: To establish Private sector and public-private-partnership development in view to:

  • Put in place a region-wide high-speed (broadband) backbone and communication exchange points to facilitate traffic within the region and between ECOWAS and other parts of the world
  • Adopt and implement platforms for e-applications, especially for a common e-commerce policy aimed at encouraging development in e-commerce
  • Support national economic development and boost trade in the ECOWAS zone

Projects:

  1. Implementation of the ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN)
  2. Development of broadband Infrastructure

Program 2: Establish Common Operational Rules for Transport and Telecommunications Infrastructure Services in the Region.

Goal: Put in place an enabling environment to facilitate the development of ICT sector for the attainment of a Competitive Business and Investment Capacities, which in turn will impact all the socio-economic development sectors.

Objective: To establish conducive business environment regulations and cooperation in the development of viable regional infrastructure in view to establish:

  • A harmonized legal, legislative and regulatory telecommunications framework, which will pave the way for the establishment of a single, liberalized telecommunications and information society market
  • Qualitative, reliable, secured and competitive telecommunications network and services for the region
  • Beneficial relationships and partnerships with the other Organisations/Institutions in the Telecom/ICT sector

Projects:

  1. Harmonisation of policies and regulatory framework
  2. Establishment of the SIGTEL database
  3. Development of the postal sector
  4.  Cybersecurity Internet and e-Applications

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