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April 2014, Issue 6
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A4AI members Science Innovation and ICT Research Institute (SIITRI), Google, Internet Solutions, and country representatives from Nigeria, Sweden, the UK, and the US join the signing ceremony for A4AI's MoU with Mozambique's Ministry of Transport and Communications in Maputo. 
Photo credit: Dillon Mann, A4AI 

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.

In this issue: 

Membership & Research Update | Country Engagement | Member Feature | Events

Membership Update

Since February, the following members joined the Alliance:

A4AI also welcomed the following local partners: 

Research Update


A4AI recently published two country case studies on Ghana and Nigeria. The case studies -- intended to be snapshots and not an exhaustive exploration of issues – briefly analyses the status quo, summarizes the policy environment, and presents some challenges and opportunities facing the countries in their quest to make broadband truly affordable.

You can access both case studies on the Research & Policy section of our website.

Country Engagement Update

 
A4AI Forms Second African National Coalition in Nigeria
 
A4AI welcomed more than 80 influential Nigerians from the tech and other sectors at its multi-stakeholder forum in Abuja on March 11. Stakeholders representing government ministries, private companies and civil society organizations debated and discussed the major obstacles to internet affordability in Nigeria.

Participants reached consensus on the following initial areas for support and engagement through the A4AI-Nigeria coalition:
  • Pricing transparency
  • Open access framework and infrastructure sharing
  • Harmonization and rationalization of taxes across local, state and national levels.
  • Spectrum policy
  • Data collection and indicators (M&E) 
  • USF efficiency and collaboration among stakeholders
Members can access photos, outputs, list of coalition members, and media coverage of the forum on the A4AI-Nigeria Coalition webpage. A webpage for the Ghana Coalition is also available here.

Member Feature


The Science Innovation and Information and Communication Technology Research Institute (SIITRI) in Mozambique promotes the empowerment of its target group by performing assessments, studies and interventions, mobilization of resources and promotion of synergies between professionals, and the promotion of training to support entrepreneurship, innovation and technology development.

SIITRI, founded by Mozambique's former Minister of Science and Technology Venancio Massingue, will be working closely with A4AI as it begins its engagement with the country's government and stakeholders.

Member since:  December 2013
Learn more: http://www.siitri.ac.mz
Contact: Dr. Venancio Massingue, founder, venancio.massingue@siitri.ac.mz

Upcoming A4AI Events
April 15
9:00-14:00
A4AI Advisory Council Meeting
Web Foundation Office
Washington, DC


May 12-16
UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, 17th session
Geneva, Switzerland
*A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge scheduled to attend


May 27-28
Stockholm Internet Forum
Stockholm, Sweden
*A4AI and Web Foundation representatives scheduled to attend. 
 
June 19 (Tentative)
A4AI-Mozambique
1st Multi-stakeholder Forum
Maputo, Mozambique


June 23
A4AI-Ghana Coalition 2nd Forum
Accra, Ghana


June (Date TBD)
A4AI-Nigeria Coalition 2nd Forum 
Lagos, Nigeria






 
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