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NIGERIA PROMOTES INTERNET ACCESS FOR ALL AFRICA HOSTING THE AfIGF

Governments and stakeholders from all Africa reunited in Nigeria to discuss internet policy developments at the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF).

For the third year many institutions from the public and private sector actively helped co-organising and supporting this growing event: the Federal Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Nigerian Internet Registry Authority, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Local Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (LMAG) of the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), and the African Union Commission (AUC) together with the African sub-regional IGFs.

Between 2010 and 2014 Africa managed to grow over ten times mobile broadband penetration, allowing millions of people to experience web access. According to Ms. Fatima Denton - Director, Special Initiatives Division at the ECA - in order to sustain internet growth in Africa, each single nation has to foster private market and stimulate stake holding; many are the successful examples that seem to confirm this strategy, especially in the health sector such as the ABIYE safe motherhood programme.

During the forum, several were the recommendations proposed to create sound basis for tomorrow’s policies, among others: educational policies relating to content creation, development and distribution; the need of policies to enhance Human Rights protection and respect; policies to stimulate multi-stakeholder cooperation as a means to drive internet access, growth and development, as well as improving digital trust and many others.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Monday, 11 August 2014

(Source: All Africa)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.