Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan ICT Sector Plan 2012

Date Signed

With infrastructure central to its goals of poverty eradication and Regional Integration, SADC developed the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan as a strategic framework guiding infrastructure development in Southern Africa. The Information and Communications Technologies Sector Plan component of the Master Plan aims to address high access costs to telephony and Internet infrastructure in the region, moving toward a Digital SADC by 2027 in which all citizens have affordable access to information and communications technologies.

The Sector Plan analyses the current situation in SADC regarding telephony, Internet, broadcasting, and the postal service, offering projections for the future and an assessment of gaps between the current situation and infrastructure goals for 2027. It then sets out a strategic framework for improvements to information and communications technology infrastructure, as well as an implementation strategy that prioritises projects, resource requirements, and methods of implementation.