Economics Affairs

ICTs stakeholders urged to invest in infrastructures in Africa (Statement of Algiers)

APS - 14 February 2017

ALGIERS-Participants in the African Conference on Internet Governance (CAGI) held Monday in Algiers urged major stakeholders in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to invest in infrastructures in Africa, and highlighted the importance of dialogue to fairly share the benefits of internet.  

"We urge major ICTs stakeholders to invest in infrastructures in African countries, and e-communication services providers to engage in a dialogue to fairly share the benefits of internet," stressed participants in the Statement of Algiers released at the end of the Conference.

"We call on African states to take part in Internet Governance Forums so that their role becomes more than consultative in the management of internet resources and improve equity, efficiency and competitiveness," said participants in the Statement read on their behalf by Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Iman Houda Feraoun.   

Participants committed to drawing up a charter on the use of internet to "protect internet users, particularly against the propaganda of terrorist group and violent extremism, and ensure an online human rights protection."

Besides, participants agreed to set up "a comprehensive, transparent and inclusive internet governance framework based on opening up principles that also include the freedom of expression, respect and protection of private life, universal access and technical interoperability, ethics and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in cyberspaces."  

Moreover, the Statement referred to "the development of an accessible, affordable, safe and reliable internet." African participants also focused on "the promotion of coordination between bodies in charge of internet governance in African states."   

The Statement of Algiers highlighted "the usefulness of mechanisms that protect children online so that internet contributes to the fight against social scourges."

Participants (African ICTs ministers, technical advisors, experts, representatives of the African Union, general secretaries, and heads of delegations and representatives of international organizations) agreed to "draw up a common strategy that makes the economic benefits of internet profitable to Africa, and promote Africa's digital identity while favouring the local content, multilingualism, and encouraging innovation, technological training and African start-ups in the favour of youth."