Southern African nations meet to plan digital development

Southern African nations meet to plan digital development

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More than a dozen countries from southern Africa are expected to announced plans to harmonise their digital development strategies this week.

The countries, all members of the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA), are meeting virtually this week to discuss how countries in the region are tackling the fourth industrial revolution.

The aim, said SATA, is to “share their experiences on a wide range of topics including technology and infrastructure, policy and strategy for the future of the telecommunications industry”.

At the event Waziri Kindamba (pictured), the managing director of Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL), the incumbent operator of Tanzania, will officially take leadership of SATA, replacing Sherry Singh, chairman and CEO of Mauritius Telecom.

The meeting, which lasts until Thursday, is attended by 200 participants from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

SATA is a unit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in charge of coordinating IT and telecommunications development.