The Executive Secretary, Mrs. BridgetLinzie and Head of Electronic Communications, Mr. Shukya Kiroga, of the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA), paid a courtesy visit on the BEREC Offices in Riga, Latvia on the 2nd of December 2022.
The courtesy visit was aimed at exchanging and sharing information on how the two (2) organisations could effectively increase the value that they both deliver to their members. The two (2) organisations also shared the ongoing work under their respective annual operational plans and identified common projects being implemented in the two (2) regions. In addition, possibilities of furthering the cooperation between the two (2)organisations was explored.
The visit was made possible by the great efforts of the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) and allowed the four (4) ICT regulatory associations in Africa to meet BEREC.
CRASA is a regional body of regulators dealing in telecommunications, broadcasting and postal sectors in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region whose main focus is harmonisation of the Postal and Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) regulatory environment in order to improve the business environment and investment climate in the SADC region. CRASA currently has a total of 13 Members; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
BEREC aims at fostering the independent, consistent and high-quality regulation of digital markets for the benefit of Europe and its citizens.”(BEREC strategy 2021-2025).
BEREC contributes to the development and better functioning of the internal market for electronic communications networks and services. It does so by aiming to ensure a consistent application of the EU regulatory framework and by aiming to promote an effective internal market in the telecoms sector, in order to bring even greater benefits to consumers and businesses alike.
Furthermore, BEREC assists the European Commission and the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in implementing the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications. It provides advice on request and on its own initiative to the European institutions and complements, at the European level, the regulatory tasks performed by the NRAs at the national level.
The NRAs and the Commission have to take utmost account of any opinion, recommendation, guidelines, advice or regulatory best practice adopted by BEREC. (https://www.berec.europa.eu/en/berec/what-is-berec)