Policy Leaders Forum

Curated by the people behind the GSMA Ministerial Programme, the 2020 virtual Africa Policy Leaders Forum brought together key stakeholders from ministries, regulatory bodies and the broader mobile ecosystem to exchange views, and consider how all mobile players in Africa are adapting to a new era of intelligent connectivity.

The Policy Leaders Forum is an invitation-only event.

Sessions descriptions

All sessions took place virtually on Thursday, 1 October. View full agenda and speakers here.

Role of Policy in Pandemic Preparedness

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We delve in to the impact of specific policies and changes to regulation in relation to the global pandemic and reflect on the direct impact of these policies; the role of emergency spectrum; utilising AI; reductions in mobile money fees and tariffs as well the role of operators in providing access to critical information services and supporting governments to respond to the crisis. This session highlights case studies and lessons learnt from a snapshot of countries from across the region.

Trust, Privacy & Data in Digital Africa

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Mobile is providing a platform for new ecosystems to thrive but guaranteeing privacy protection, while at the same time enabling the free movement of personal data, is critical to delivering a platform that delivers economically, socially and innovatively. As a result, the issues surrounding data protection, data privacy, the need to meet GDPR requirements and cross-border data flows are all coming increasingly to the fore.

Improving Mobile Broadband Access and Adoption

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Access to the internet in Africa is a top priority as a driver of greater economic prosperity and social development, but adoption across countries has stalled in some cases. Coverage in many African countries is far below the critical mass of 20% believed to produce the network effects associated with economic growth, but the usage gap is even bigger and the complex challenge of increasing coverage in rural areas. This session will explore how governments and regulators can use investment-friendly policies to help coverage and usage grow across the region.

Attendance criteria:

  • National ministries including telecommunications, digital agenda, finance, gender and health
  • Telecommunications regulatory authorities, data protection authorities, identity authorities and central banks
  • Senior leadership from selected city governments
  • Senior representatives from selected international organisations and intergovernmental bodies
  • C-level and senior regulatory representatives from the mobile industry

“COVID-19 is reshaping the way the telecommunications sector and other industries meet the needs of its customers. Digital service providers are now at the forefront of driving economies and delivery of essential services. Never has the obligation to create responsible and sustainable solutions been more important, to assure that the march of digital progress continues even in the uncertainty of the pandemic.”


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