ECOWAS reaffirms commitment to ICT development

Abuja – ECOWAS said on Tuesday in Abuja that it plans to review its ICT strategy to ensure continuous development and integration of its member states.
Mr Isaias Barreto da Rosa, ECOWAS Commissioner for ICT, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Barreto da Rosa said the review also aimed at creating an open and competitive common market for ICT sector in the region.
He said the Commission was committed to development of ICT services to boost social and economic activities in ECOWAS member states.
“ICT is fundamental for any region in search of innovation and productivity.
“It is a critical enabler to the growth and development required in the region. It can drive competitiveness and provide opportunities,’’ he said.
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Barreto da Rosa said that in reviewing and adopting the ICT strategy, the Commission was conscious of the need to improve on telecommunications infrastructure in region.
“It is also important to make telecommunication services affordable in West Africa and create an environment capable of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship,’’ he said.
He said in spite of technological advances West Africa that was still the need to strengthen of political and regulatory environments.
“ECOWAS will provide the necessary political support, ensure coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation and seek financing of the priority ICT projects,” Barreto da Rosa said. (NAN)

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