Zambia named chair of AU ICT bureau
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka Zambia
Zambia has been selected as the chair of the Bureau of the Africa Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communications and Information Technologies by the African Union (AU) Communication Ministers.
Zambia is currently hosting a meeting of the AU Ministers of ICTs.
The selection of Zambia as chair means that the country will now be required to coordinate activities of the AU conference of Ministers of Communications and Information Technologies.
Zambia is expected be coordinating the implementation of decisions by AU ICT Ministers in a timely manner, according to Zambia’s Minister of Communications, Yamfwa Mukanga.
Meanwhile, the AU Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy, Elham Ibrahim, said with the rising concerns of internet governance in Africa, it is the duty of leaders to ensure that people continue to have confidence to the benefit from the advantages of ICTs.
Ibrahim said ICT played a vital role in the pursuit of the AU vision. He said the growth of Africa would mainly be supported by the ICTs and innovation.
“Our mission is to support ICTs development and its adoption for the benefits of our people,” he said.
He said about 60% of the African population is below the age of 35 years and over 20% is aged between 15 and 24.
He added that by 2020, over 70% of African youths who are the actors of the adoption of ICT will be at least 20 years old.