NCA Chairman calls for strong ties between Africa’s telecom regulators
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Chairman of Ghana’s National Communications Authority, Eugene Baffoe Bonnie, has emphasised the need for regulatory bodies in the African telecommunications industry to close ranks to ensure a stronger collaborations.
Speaking at the opening of a two day symposium organised by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and held in Accra under the theme “The role of regulations in ICT development,” Bonnie noted that the future of telecommunication holds both exciting and daunting challenges for Africa’s telecom sector which is ever evolving and changing, hence the need to create synergies for the greater good of the continent.
The symposium which was to mark the country’s regulator 20th anniversary was attend by top notch experts in the communications industry and head of other regulatory bodies from other African countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Togo and Senegal.
The NCA Chairman believes that for a country like Ghana the ICT road is very important as it fills in the gaps for rural communities that lacks relevant infrastructure such as medical, educational, banking facilities and other businesses. “Through relevant policies and strategies’, the NCA can be empowered to regulate communication between medical personnel in the rural areas and the urban areas,” he said.
Some of the topics discussed during the symposium were Future of Telecommunications and expected impact on the Industry in Africa (Internet of Things, Big Data, etc.), Improving Rural Communications: policies, strategies and regulatory interventions, Prospects of data uptake and OTT Services, Opportunities and Threats for the Telecommunications Industry, Prospects of Digital Financial Services in the African Telecommunication Space with special regards to MPESA and Has Digitization Redefined the Boundaries of Market Definition are among topics that would be discussed at the upcoming event .
The main objective of the symposium is to create a platform for telecommunication policy makers, national telecommunication regulators, user groups and industry experts to exchange information and experiences on the issue of ICT deployment and development in Africa in relation to the global development trend.