SADC establishes ICT consumer guidelines

At a regional meeting held in Botswana from the 15th to the 20th of this month, SADC Ministers of ICTs agreed that trade and market, infrastructure and supply as well as industrialisation are not possible without ICTs, hence the need for proper guidelines and regulations to enable the service to be affordable.

Information Communication Technology Minister, Mr Nelson Chamisa, who attended the meeting, said it was noted that ICT pricing has become a challenge in the region.

Among some of the issues highlighted were the need for SADC countries to migrate from traditional postal services to fusing postal and ICTs and the need for governments to take advantage of the Universal Service Funds and put up base stations in remote areas.

Mr Chamisa said his ministry will soon launch the Personal Computer (PC) per Class Programme to compliment the Presidential Computerisation Programme.

A Communication Regulatory Authority of Southern Africa was put in place by the regional body and will be chaired by South Africa, deputised by Zimbabwe and Angola.