The CRASA Chairperson, Mr. Christian Katende and the CRASA Executive Secretary, Mrs.Bridget Mphatso Linzie on Monday, 5th June 2023 paid a courtesy visit on the Director of the Telecommunication Development Sector (BDT) for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr. Cosmas LuckysonZavazava, during the Global Symposium for Regulators 2023 (GSR 2023) in Sharmel-Sheikh, Egypt.
The courtesy visit aimed at exchanging and sharing information on how the ITU can assist theNational Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in Southern Africa to achieve harmonisation of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) regulatory environment.The discussions also focused on the current joint projects that the ITU andCRASA were undertaking as well as the future projects that the two (2)organisations could jointly implement in 2023/24.
As a pre-event to the GSR 2023, ITU convened the Regional Regulatory Associations meeting where the BDT Director formally launched The Digital Regulation Network(DRN): The Collaborative Network of Networks. The DRN aimed at benefitting the Regional Regulatory Associations and regulators, globally, to increase cross-regional and sectoral collaboration. This initiative is also to provide twinning opportunities to facilitate exchange of experiences and information and enrich collaboration among regulators. Mrs. Linzie was nominated as one (1)of the members of the Board of the Digital Regulation Network for 2023.
CRASA is a regional body ofregulators dealing in telecommunications, broadcasting and postal sectors inthe Southern African Development Community (SADC) region whose focus isharmonisation of the Postal and Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) regulatoryenvironment in order to improve the business environment and investment climatein the SADC region. CRASA currently has a total of 14 Members; Angola,Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Lesotho,Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia andZimbabwe.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU was Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, we allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Every time you make a phone call via the mobile, access the Internet or send an email, you are benefitting from the work of ITU.
For more information on the GSR 2023 you can visit https://www.itu.int/itu-d/meetings/gsr-23/