Rwanda, Uganda cooperate on ICT
GOVERNMENT| Nov. 19, 2011, 2:20 p.m.
The governments of Uganda and Rwanda have agreed to strengthen ties on a number of ICT-related initiatives.
The Rwandan Minister of ICT, Ignace Gatare, met Ugandan ICT Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, for talks in Uganda this week.
In a joint communiqué issued after the meeting, the Ministers said cross-border connectivity was identified as one key area for cooperation.
They said while telecoms operators already had cross-border links, the quality of services was inadequate. A task force is being set up to look into the matter, while in the longer term, the two envisage linking their countries’ national backbones and working together to secure satellite bandwidth.
The two countries will also work with Egypt, South Sudan and other countries in the region to fast track an initiative to get better access to submarine cables.
To adopt best practice for mobile communication along national borders, it is necessary to distinguish between Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) to which a mobile handset is registered on either side of the border. Therefore, the two countries agreed to fast track color code harmonization.
The ministers also agreed to work together to establish a legal environment conducive to better broadband policies and cyber laws, and fighting child pornography.
It was also noted that Rwanda successfully implemented the National ID project. Considering that Uganda has started implementing a similar project, the parties agreed to share experience and expertise to ensure successful completion. They plan to cooperate and share experiences on national data centre implementation, the one laptop per child programme, capacity building and the implementation of national ICT policies, among other things.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
NITA gets a new bossGhana’s President John Dramani Mahama has appointed a 35 year old computer scientist, George Atta-Boateng, as Acting Director General of the National Information and Technology Agency. Read More
Nigeria BVN deadline loomsBank customers in Nigeria are reported to be rushing to register for their biometric banking ID as the deadline for the BVNs looms. Read More
Young entrepreneurs in Rwanda told to be more creativeThe latest YouthKonnekt Hangout hosted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, Tigo, and HeHe Labs, has urged young entrepreneurs to be innovative. Read More
Jumia gets visit from Côte d’Ivoire MinisterCôte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technology, Bruno Kone, has paid a visit to the offices of e-commerce firm Jumia. Read More
African heads of state to participate in TGAISFive heads of state have already confirmed their participation in the 2015 Global African Investment Summit. Read More
Francis Wangusi reappointed CAK DGThe Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya has announced the appointment of Francis Wangusi as the Director General for a term of four years, effective 22 August 2015. Read More
NIN mandatory from September 1, says NIMCThe National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has put 1st September, 2015 as the date from which all transactions involving the identification of individuals must be done with the National Identification Number (NIN). Read More
Minister encourages young innovatorsRwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has encouraged young innovators in Rwanda to be driven by passion. Read More
NCC, Cameroon telecoms regulator seal dealBanking on the vast experience of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as a foremost regulator in Africa, the Telecommunication Regulatory Board (TRB) of Cameroun at the weekend signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NCC. Read More
African leaders commend NEPAD’s role in Africa’s transformation and regional integrationAfrican leaders gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa for the 33rd NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation meeting have commended NEPAD on its work toward regional integration. Read More
FEATURED STORYIHS plans to inject fresh $500m to grow capacity
Mohammed Darwish, managing director of IHS Towers, says the firm will soon inject another $500million into the business after raising some $2.5billion to finance expansion drives. Darwish spoke with biztecafrica.com in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAs curtain falls on MDGs, what next?
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, speaks to Biztechafrica about setting smart targets.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Business expands partnership with Samsung to offer enterprise customers increased security
Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced that MTN Business has been appointed as a reseller of Samsung’s KNOX licenses to its customers.