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Infrastructure and Energy

The African Union is committed to Strengthening a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

  • February 09, 2016 to February 16, 2016
  • January 31, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016: The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, H.E Mrs.

  • GROUP PHOTO OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AU COMMISSION Photo of the leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC), under the Chairmanship of H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, 13 January 2016, AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    January 14, 2016

    Photo of the AUC Chairperson, H.E Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the male Commissioners of the African Union (AU)

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  • December 04, 2015

    20 African ICT Experts to take part in a training offered by Huawei in China

  • November 30, 2015

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 November 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC), through its’ Department of Infrastructure and Energy, and Reykjavik Geothermal ehf signed a Grant Contract for financial support - totaling USD 1,314,000, to conduct surface study activities at the Reykjavík Geothermal e

  • November 27, 2015

    Montreal, Canada, 27 November 2015: The African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham Ibrahim participated in the International Civil Aviation organization (ICAO) first-ever World Aviation Forum (WAF).

  • November 26, 2015

    Cairo, Egypt 26 November 2015: The African Union Commission, Department of Infrastructure and Energy conducted a Training Workshop on Advanced Small Hydropower (SHP) Systems for Member States from 22nd to 27th November 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.

  • November 16, 2015

    Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire 13 November 2015- As the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa holds its first ever PIDA week, the second meeting of the Infrastructure Advisory Group was held at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on 13th November.

  • AU - Infrastructure and Energy Department Concludes Preparatory Meeting on PIDA Week in Johannesburg
    September 18, 2015

    AU - Infrastructure and Energy Department Concludes Preparatory Meeting on PIDA Week in Johannesburg
    Pretoria, South Africa 18 September 2015- From 16th to 18th September, the African Union Commission’s Department of Infrastructure and Energy (DIE – AUC), in partnership with GIZ, NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), African Development Bank (AfDB) and Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) organized “the Technical Preparatory Meeting of the first PIDA Week” to be held from in Abidjan in November this year. The planning, held in Pretoria, was officiated by the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) Dr Ibrahim Mayaki.
    Speaking at the opening session of the meeting, Dr. Aboubakari Baba Moussa, Director of DIE – AUC gave an introductory presentation on the concept of the PIDA Week and the expected results of the preparatory meeting. “The PIDA Week, the first of its kind, will bring together all the relevant players for regional infrastructure on the continent to jointly drive forward the PIDA-PAP and its 51 programmes as the central pillars for an integrated, prosperous Africa”, Dr Baba Moussa said.
    In an interview with PIDA Journalists Network, Dr Baba Moussa explained that the idea of the week comes from the necessity of harmonizing the planning and implementation levels of PIDA projects. “The theme of the week is accelerating project implementation for Africa's integration, because we need to bring all partners together to harmonize and sped up the process of implementation” Dr Baba Moussa added.
    Mrs Wynne Musabayana, Deputy Head of AU – Communication and Information Division said the PIDA Week is scheduled to be from 13th -17th November 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and it was necessary to set agree on the plans for the week. “The PIDA week will offer vital grounds to communicate on the PIDA activities. Actually our African institutions are doing a lot to drive infrastructure development that will improve the lives of ordinary Africans. We expect that the week will bring greater knowledge on the impact of the African Union through its PIDA projects under the Agenda 2063 framework”, Mrs. Musabayana said.
    Addressing the meeting held in Hotel Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Menlyn, Pretoria, Mr Winfried Zarges, Infrastructure Sectorial Manager, at GIZ’s Africa Office confirmed the commitment of GIZ to support PIDA and development projects in Africa.
    Ms Anna Waldmann from GIZ led the facilitation for the meeting, together with others from the PIDA partners.
    Mekki Elmograbi, PIDA Journalists’ Network Coordinator said the importance of PIDA for African journalists who are supporting Agenda 2063 is that they need measurable achievements to promote and to convince the African public opinion that something is happening on the ground. “Here comes the importance of PIDA because the real challenge to Agenda 2063 is to translate political statements and commitments into concrete actions not just by envisioning several measures at regional and national levels but by integrating the targets of Agenda 2063 into planning and all implementation levels”, Mekki said.
    The two day meeting finalized the concept note and agenda of the PIDA week as well as the communication activities.
    PIDA provides a strategic framework for priority projects in transport, energy, ICT and trans-boundary water to transform Africa through the construction of modern infrastructure into an interconnected and integrated continent that is competitive domestically and in the global economy. By improving access to integrated regional and continental infrastructure networks, PIDA will allow countries to meet forecast demand for infrastructure services and boost competitiveness.
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  • The African Union Commission hosted the 4th African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) from 6 to 8 September 2015
    September 08, 2015

    The African Union Commission hosted the 4th African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) from 6 to 8 September 2015.
    Over 100 participants from over 41 African countries and drawn from the government, private sector, academia, research institutions, technical community , civil society organizations, media, and other stakeholders gathered at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa for the 4th African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) held from 6 to 8 September 2015.
    AfIGF was launched in 2011 as a platform for inclusive multilateral, multi-stakeholder and multilingual discussion on issues pertinent to the Internet in Africa in general and Internet Governance issues in particular.
    The AfIGF-2015 was officially opened by Hon. Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, the Deputy Minister for Postal and Telecommunications Services of the Republic of South Africa preceded by statements of the representatives from AUC and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA) . In her remarks Prof. Mkhize urged participants to find ways to ensure that Africa benefits from the digital era. Recalling the African Union’s Agenda 20163 she said “We need to identify strategies and tools for us to achieve an integrated African economy – which is self-reliant and self-productive.” Prof. Mkhize echoed the call of the recently concluded Specialized Technical Committee on Communications and ICT for the AUC together with the AU Member States to develop an Africa Strategy on Internet Governance as well as management of Internet.
    Several workshops and pre-events were held in the week prior to AfIGF including the 3rd African School on Internet Governance, a consultation on the WSIS + 10 process and a workshop on access to information and knowledge.
    The Forum received reports from the sub-regional IGFs and held dialogue on several thematic issues including connecting the next billion, Cybersecurity issues, Public Access to Information & Knowledge, Human Rights on the Internet, the IANA Stewardship Transition, Net Neutrality, Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation and Sustainable Development and the Internet Economy. The Forum ended with recommendations addressing each of these thematic areas which were adopted by all stakeholders.
    Previous forums have been held in Cairo, Nairobi and Abuja. The Secretariat of the AfIGF is jointly hosted by the Africa Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • The third African School on Internet Governance (AfrISIG) hosted by the African Union Commission
    September 05, 2015

    The third African School on Internet Governance (AfrISIG) hosted by the African Union Commission
    The third African School on Internet Governance (AfrISIG) hosted by the African Union Commission and organised by the NEPAD Agency and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) ended in Addis Ababa on 5th September.
    The School saw 50 participants from all the 5 regions of Africa and from 20 African countries engage in learning, dialogue and exchange on issues pertaining to Internet Governance both from a global and an African perspective.
    The School was held in conjunction with the Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (GIGX). More than 50% of the participants selected for the School were women and the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Elham Ibrahim noted this significant and encouraging participation of women in her remarks at the certificate awarding ceremony. “The diversity of participants, including the young people is very important because the future belongs to you”, she said.
    19 women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights advocates from the region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance; the participants, who came from different backgrounds - from government and private sector to civil society - got to know each other and work together to exchange knowledge and build internet governance in Africa. So there were a lot of group discussions on principles around access, the internet economy, human rights, and consensus building in advocating for internet governance policy, as well as regulation and frameworks that are inclusive of women's realities.
    The school included practical hands on component, referred to as a ‘practicum’ which ran throughout the 4 days. It culminated in a mock international multi-stakeholder meeting which took decisions related to the practicum topics.
    AfriSIG aims to equip African stakeholders to participate effectively in Internet Governance and Internet Public Policy processes both regionally and globally. Other editions of AfriSIG have been held in South Africa and Mauritius in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

  • African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies  (STC-CICT), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    August 31, 2015 to September 04, 2015

    African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (STC-CICT), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    ICT and Internet survey for African Policy makers 2015
    This survey on African Policy Makers priorities on ICT and Internet issues aims at identifying the key issues of interest of African policy makers with regards to ICT and Internet issues. Please help us complete it so that we have a better understanding of your priorities and needs. The survey is available at https://www.internetsociety.org/form/africa-policy-makers-survey-2015.

    Completing the survey will only take from 5-10 minutes. Participants of the survey are eligible for a lottery draw to win one of the 10 Kindle Fire tablets.

    The survey is implemented by the African Union Commission and the Internet Society and its results will be available for the member states.

    TIC et d'Internet enquête pour les décideurs africains en 2015

    Cette enquête sur les priorités des décideurs africains sur les questions de TIC et de l'Internet à pour objectif d’identifier les questions d'intérêt clés des décideurs africains en ce qui concerne les enjeux des TIC et de l'Internet. Aidez-nous s'il vous plaît à le compléter afin que nous ayons une meilleure compréhension de vos priorités et de vos besoins. L'enquête est disponible à
    https://www.internetsociety.org/fr/form/sondage-2015-pour-les-d%C3%A9cid....

    Compléter l'enquête ne prendra qu’entre 5 et 10 minutes. Les participants de l'enquête sont admissibles à un tirage au sort pour gagner un des 10 tablet Kindle Fire .

    L'enquête est mise en œuvre par la Commission de l'Union africaine et de l'Internet Society et ses résultats seront disponibles pour les Etats membres.
    -->ICT and Internet survey for African Policy makers 2015
    This survey on African Policy Makers priorities on ICT and Internet issues aims at identifying the key issues of interest of African policy makers with regards to ICT and Internet issues. Please help us complete it so that we have a better understanding of your priorities and needs. The survey is available at https://www.internetsociety.org/form/africa-policy-makers-survey-2015.

    Completing the survey will only take from 5-10 minutes. Participants of the survey are eligible for a lottery draw to win one of the 10 Kindle Fire tablets.

    The survey is implemented by the African Union Commission and the Internet Society and its results will be available for the member states.

    TIC et d'Internet enquête pour les décideurs africains en 2015

    Cette enquête sur les priorités des décideurs africains sur les questions de TIC et de l'Internet à pour objectif d’identifier les questions d'intérêt clés des décideurs africains en ce qui concerne les enjeux des TIC et de l'Internet. Aidez-nous s'il vous plaît à le compléter afin que nous ayons une meilleure compréhension de vos priorités et de vos besoins. L'enquête est disponible à
    https://www.internetsociety.org/fr/form/sondage-2015-pour-les-d%C3%A9cid....

    Compléter l'enquête ne prendra qu’entre 5 et 10 minutes. Les participants de l'enquête sont admissibles à un tirage au sort pour gagner un des 10 tablet Kindle Fire .

    L'enquête est mise en œuvre par la Commission de l'Union africaine et de l'Internet Society et ses résultats seront disponibles pour les Etats membres.
    -->Click here to access STC-CICT Working Documents
    The Specialized Technical Committees (STCs), which constitute an important technical organ of the African Union (AU), were established under Article 25 of the African Economic Community Treaty (the Abuja Treaty). With the transformation of the OAU into the AU, the STCs were carried over by the Constitutive Act of the African Union under Articles 14 to 16.
    The STCs are expected to work in close collaboration with the various departments of the Commission (AUC) so as to provide well-informed inputs in their areas of specialization to the work of the Executive Council. They should also, be involved in monitoring programme development and implementation by the AUC and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on behalf of the Executive Council.
    Therefore, the early operationalization of the STCs becomes imperative, given the overall objective of accelerating continental integration and the importance attached to the effective implementation of programmes and projects of the Union. To this end, the Assembly of the Union adopted The Decision; Assembly/AU/Dec.227 (XII) reconfiguring the existing STCs and created one on Communication and Information Technologies called Committee on Communication and ICT (CCICT);
    The main activities and objectives of the CCICT in its areas of concern are :
    I. Prepare projects and programmes of the Union and submit them to the Executive Council;
    II. Ensure the supervision, follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of adopted programmes decisions taken by the organs of the Union;
    III. Ensure the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmes of the Union;
    IV. Submit to the Executive Council either on its own initiative or at the request of the Executive council reports and recommendations on the implementation of the AU programmes;
    V. Carry out any other functions assigned to it for the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the provisions of the African Union Constitutive Act;
    VI. Establish African Common e-strategies;
    VII. Establish Pan-African TV and Radio Channels;
    VIII. Discuss resources mobilization and capacity building for the implementation
    IX. Oversee the promotion, co-ordination and the strengthening of CIT programmes for the accelerated economic growth of Africa;
    X. Develop mechanisms through which CIT contributes to the establishment of the African information Society;
    XI. Promote public investments on CIT infrastructure services and applications;
    XII. Develop frameworks for the harmonization policies and regulations in the Continent.
    The expected result is a Ministerial declaration with recommendations drawn from the reports, strategies and action plans for projects and programs implementation

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Program Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA)
The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), a Multi sector programme covering Transport, Energy, Transboundary water and Telecommunication/ICT, is dedicated to facilitating continental integration in Africa through improved regional infrastructure and is designed to support implementation of the African Union Abuja Treaty and the creation of the African economic Community, PIDA is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB). PIDA is grounded in regional and continental master plans and action plans as well as other relevant work undertaken by the African Union (AU), the regional economic Communities (RECs), the regional and continental technical agencies (including the lake and river basin organizations (L/RBO) and power pools (PP)), and the concerned countries.
Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
Internet Exchange point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure where Internet Service Providers and Content Providers interconnected in order for Internet traffic exchanged between them. The primary role is to keep local Internet traffic within local infrastructure. The main benefits include low cost, reduced latency and good bandwidth due to avoiding the data routing through upstream Internet Providers.
Cyber Security
Cyber security has many dimensions and people ultimately expect cyberspace systems to function in a trustworthy environment despite many potential threats. Different ways of thinking about cyber security entails liability laws coupled with new directions in education, training and operational practice.
The DotAfrica Top Level Domain (. Africa) Project
DotAfrica is that specific Internet namespace for Africa which is likely to be applied for operation during the next round of new generic top-level domain (gTLD) which Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be launching in the near future. The introduction of the DotAfrica will create an attractive regional home for the Pan-African Internet community; as the first sponsored registry to be operating from Africa and therefore serving the specific needs of its communities, it will echo ongoing operation and successes of other sister community TLDs such as DotEu (DotEuropa) and DotAsia which have created a new Internet identity for their users and business who seek more regional presence without being confined within the limits of one country.
E-Post
The Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM) and African Union (AU) Commission agreed to develop and implement one single e-Post project for African Posts.
Pan African e-Network (PAeN) for Tele-medicine and Tele-education
The former President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, during the inaugural session of the Pan-African Parliament held in Johannesburg on 16th September 2004, proposed in his address to connect all the 53 nations of the African Union by a satellite and fiber optic network that would provide effective communication for Tele-education, Tele-medicine, Internet, Videoconferencing notably diplomatic communications (VVIP) and VoIP services and also support e-Governance, e-Commerce, infotainment, resource mapping, meteorological services etc
Open Access
The issue of Open Access is of high importance and timing of access to broadband infrastructure notably submarine cables in the context of the latest market developments with is characterized increased by a number of planned and ongoing implementation of infrastructure projects (national and regional backbones, submarine cables, etc.). Although the issue is part of the AU Reference Framework for Harmonization of Telecom/ICT Policies & Regulations in Africa adopted in 2008 in Cairo, the Extraordinary CITMC Session on the 5th November 2009 in Johannesburg directed the African Union Commission (AUC) through the 2000 Olivier Tambo Declaration to develop a common definition, understanding, and guidelines on Open Access, in coordination with relevant stakeholders.
Transition to Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television
Analogue terrestrial television transition is a process of ceasing of broadcasting television signal in analogue form and replacing it by the broadcasting of television signal in digital form. The transition to the digital television offers many advantages. Among others, efficient utilization of the spectrum, better picture and sound quality , more program channels , opportunity to produce attractive local content and opportunity for service and application convergence are few to mention. It can also potentially contribute to the socioeconomic development of the continent if political and technical decisions related to the transition are taken timely in a harmonized and coordinated manner across the continent.
African leadership in ICT Program (ALICT)
The programme will build and strengthen visioning, strategic planning and management, policy making of future leaders and policy makers in Africa on ICTs’ role in the development of inclusive and sustainable Knowledge Societies in Africa.
Department of Infrastructure and Energy
The Department is responsible for ensuring the development of infrastructure and energy resources at the regional and continental levels. -