Highlights during the forum include:

The Ratification of the following documents:

1. Addis Ababa Declaration: 

The declaration reaffirms that digitalization is an essential and the greatest opportunity for Africa to drive the fundamental changes of the world in the 21st century. If wisely harnessed and mainstreamed, digitization could potentially be the catalyst in achieving national development agenda, the AU Agenda 2063 aspirations and the UN Agenda 2030 development goals. To that end the following will be given the highest priority

  • Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, and Personal Data Protection;
  • Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and/or Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT);
  • Dot Africa appropriation and use by Member States and African people and Businesses;
  • Action Plan for the Sustainable Development of the Postal Sector in Africa including the implementation of projects on Addressing and Postcode systems, Connectivity and Electrification of Post Offices in rural areas, Financial Inclusion of the low-income population and e-Commerce development in Africa;
  • African Union (AU) Communication and advocacy Strategy;
  • AU Branding Campaign and the visibility of the symbols and image of the AU at national levels;
  • Book of African Records
  • Agenda 2063 and its communication plan;
  • The creation of Network of Journalists for Peace and Security in Africa (NetPeace)
  • Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA);
  • The support of the African Satellite Communication Organization (RASCOM)
  • African Internet Exchange Point (AXIS);
  • Harmonized use of digital dividend;
  • Cooperation with Transport and Energy sectors on conduits and alternative ICT Infrastructure respectively.
  • Development of African local Content
  • Internet Governance;
  • Cooperation with the African private sector for mobilization of resources for Communication and ICT projects.
H.E Dr. Abdou-Zeid Amani (Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy at the AUC) and Wynne Musabayana (Head of Communication at AUC| Photo by Nancy A. Onyango

2. Declaration on internet Governance

The  declaration reaffirms that Internet Governance is a means for ensuring that the management and administration of the Internet is inclusive, transparent and accessible to all. It also recalls the commitment of member states to promote and protect fundamental freedoms, especially the right to freedom of expression and access to information (on and offline), and human and peoples’ rights enunciated in instruments of the African Union and of the United Nations and recognizing that these rights must be upheld online as well as offline;

Elections 

The meeting elected the following Members to the Bureau of the CCICT-2 for the next two (2) years:

Eastern Africa: Ethiopia- Chair of the Bureau, Central Africa: Congo – 1st Vice Chair of theBureau Northern Africa: Tunisia 2nd Vice Chair of the Bureau Southern Africa: South Africa- 3rd Vice Chair of the Bureau Western Africa: Ghana- Rapporteur of the Bureau.

Parallel Sessions 

1. The media gender gap and the portrayal of women in Africa facilitated by Tarisai Nyamweda from Gender Links

2. The role of media in development

3. Capacity building session on cybersecurity and personal data protection facilitated by Khaled A.T. Fattal