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We Can Learn From Somaliland

Issue 303
Front Page

“No One Can Harm Our Free Press, Its Independence Is Guaranteed In The Constitution”

Somaliland Forum Condemns Government’s Take-over of Independent Human Rights Network (SHURONET)

Puntland Govt Has 30 Days To Recapture Las Anod, Says Parliament

Somaliland Watches The Kenyan Election

UN Peacekeepers For Somalia Not Viable - Ban

On Somalia's Latest Drama - Gedi's Political Demise

Somaliland: UK Ignores Potential Commonwealth Member

Somalian situation deteriorating

Foreign Minister Seyoum wide-ranging interview with ETV and Ethiopian Radio

A Peaceless Peace Deal In Somalia?

Somalia: "Humpty Dumpty Has Fallen Off the Wall"

ADRA United Kingdom launches "green" energy project in Somalia

Regional Affairs

Somaliland Frees Detained Protesters In Las Anod

Appeal To The International Community To Support Somaliland’s Human Rights Defenders

Special Report

International News

Castro hails Chavez's view on Europe

Tester, two Somalians admit giving commercial drivers licenses to foreigners

Life for a callous killer of a hard-working man


‘Under The Circumstances, Somaliland Has Done Surprisingly Well And Deserves A Lot Of Credit’

US Navy in Kenya goodwill mission

Hope running out for Kosovo independence

Journalists From Somalia Will Be Honored In Sweden During The 2007 Journalists Stockholm Memorial

Man Sets Sights On Somali Premiership

Food for thought


Somaliland: Rights Of The People With Disabilities

Patriotism Overpowers Tribalism In Sool And Eastern Sanaag

Creating Marketing Orientation For Our Society

An Uprising Call from Mandera Prison

A Nation Is At Risk!!

I Hate Bureaucracy, Bogus Leaders, Biased Clanists And Penny Lovers!

A Land That Does Not Want Democracy

Constitutionalism First For Shuro-Net Members

Nairobi, 10 November 2007 -
Digital revolution is already fuelling Africa’s development in a great way. The immense possibilities offered by information technology could wipe out ignorance and usher in better governance and greater participation.

This was the main message at the end of the recent Kigali summit on connecting Africa.

While the continent remains the world’s poorest and least connected, there is hope that improved access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) will give Africans a better chance of pulling themselves out of hunger and destitution. For example, modern networking tools supply farmers with market information and entrepreneurs with access to microcredit while linking community groups with disaster relief.

Sadly, many African countries still cling to outdated national policy regimes and punitive telecommunication regulations. These hinder cross-border harmonization of licensing rules, thereby frustrating the economies of scale that are desperately needed to make such large projects affordable.

FOR INSTANCE, the much touted African Virtual University that offers satellite-based distance learning, has faced hurdles in obtaining licenses from more than 20 governments.

But there is one irony to all this: The unrecognized de facto state of Somaliland hosts the continent’s least expensive and most widely accessible telephone service on the continent! 

HERE, ICTS rule the roost. This is partly explained by the fact that the small telecommunications sector relies heavily on satellites. Because these sky stations broadcast a wide footprint of low-cost and reliable signals, they offer a good model for linking a continent that suffers from a deficit of terrestrial infrastructure, after all satellites can connect “the last 1000 miles.” 

If Africa is to be truly be part of this information revolution, there is need for our continent’s policy makers to critically think of the necessity to exploit techno-scientific knowledge in ICTs. After all, as it has been argued before, knowledge is the only source of long-run sustainable competitive advantage given the highly competitive global economy that we are part of.

Source The East African


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