29 July 2021
AU Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT Bureau Meeting


The Meeting of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Communications Technology (STC-CICT) Bureau was held on July 5-6, and chaired by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat.
 
The Meeting discussed and reviewed the implementation status of the resolutions and recommendations adopted during STC-CICT Third Ordinary Session (STC-CICT-3), and of relevant initiatives and projects. The Meeting was attended by representatives of the Bureau current Member States, including Burundi, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Djibouti.
 
During the meeting, the ICT Minister delivered a talk. He stated that the Meeting reflects the importance of the African collective work that the Committee members embarked on during the STC Session held in Sharm El Sheikh, in October 2019, and during the Extraordinary Session of the Bureau, held in May 2020.
 
He also stated that the African Digital Transformation Strategy adopted during STC last session, held in October 2019, corresponds with the UN SG Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, which stresses on digital inclusion, universal connectivity, capacity building, cooperation in Artificial Intelligence (AI), in addition to promoting trust and security in the digital environment.
 
For her part, the AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Amany Abou Zeid stressed the importance of taking advantage of the challenges posed by the pandemic to advance digitization efforts in Africa and bring about the African Digital Transformation Strategy. She underlined the significance of bridging the digital divide and providing African people with digital services in various fields, such as health and education, to ensure business continuity.
 
The meeting discussed a number of topics related to the African Digital Transformation Strategy, in a number of sectors, namely health, agriculture, education, digital identity, and post, as well as creating a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the successful implementation of the strategy.
 
Moreover, the meeting discussed creating an enabling environment for facilitating the establishment of a single African digital market, and the development of data economy in Africa; promoting African participation and contribution in Internet governance; carrying out projects within the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA); and implementing major projects adopted by the AUC, in areas including cybersecurity, the electronic network for education and e-health.
 
The meeting also dealt with the plans and efforts undertaken by the AUC to assist Member States in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in their countries.

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