Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) wants African countries to emulate India’s information and communication technology (ICT) policies on digital literacy.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Emulating India’s success is not impossible for African countries, but it requires much further improvements in obvious areas, starting with good governance and the rule of law which are areas where India serves as a good example to many other countries.[/quote]This way, African nations can enhance the reception of ICT by Africans, the Nigerian chief of CTO says while addressing over 200 government and business executives at the second Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2016 held recently in Nairobi, Kenya.
Speaking during a session on Delivering Digital Dream for Developing Nations, Taylor explains that India’s ICT success carries many invaluable lessons other countries can and must learn from, while also noting that India’s favourable ICT policies were the driving forces behind its ICT success.
“Emulating India’s success is not impossible for African countries, but it requires much further improvements in obvious areas, starting with good governance and the rule of law which are areas where India serves as a good example to many other countries. But at the same time, efforts should also go towards more robust but and favourable ICT policies and the promotion of digital literacy to create a more receptive environment,” Taylor told attendees at the event.
For him, significant efforts are required in three main areas: Policy, regulatory and legislative reforms. There are also need for greater infrastructure investment to enable and promotion of education and entrepreneurship.
CTO is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of ICTs. The organisation, with a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, including Nigeria, has recently expanded it membership to include the private sector and civil society.