Mozambique Joins A4AI in Maputo Ceremony
A4AI is excited to announce that it signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mozambican government on April 2 at the AITEC Southern Africa ICT Forum in Maputo. Mozambique becomes the first country in Southern Africa to join A4AI, and the third developing country to sign an MOU with the Alliance, joining Nigeria and Ghana. Through its partnership with Mozambique's Ministry of Transport and Communications, A4AI and stakeholders across Mozambique will work closely together to drive down the cost of Internet access via policy and regulatory reform.
Although the country has made great strides in infrastructure and policy development in recent years, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that a fixed-line broadband connection costs around 1.5 times the average monthly salary for a Mozambican, while a basic mobile broadband package costs between 40 percent and 66 percent of monthly income.
Pedro Augusto Ingles, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, inked the document on behalf of Mozambique. He was joined on stage by Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI, country representatives from Nigeria, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and other A4AI member organisations including the Mozambique-based Science Innovation and ICT Research Institute (SIITRI), Google, Internet Solutions, and IREX.
We will share details about A4AI's first multi-stakeholder forum in the country in the coming weeks.