Benin inks ITU framework cooperation agreement

6 Oct 2017

The Republic of Benin’s government has signed a framework cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), defining the terms and conditions for implementation of ICT sector development partnerships, reports Agence Ecofin. Benin’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation said that by signing the agreement, ‘Benin is in line with its ambitions in the fields of telecommunications and ICT for the realisation of President Patrice Talon’s initiatives through the Programme d’Actions du Gouvernement (PAG [Government Action Programme])’.

The PAG (2016-2021) aims to utilise ICT ‘as a catalyst for economic dynamics and modernisation in Benin for accelerating economic growth and social inclusion … to transform Benin into a digital services platform for the whole of West Africa … based, in particular, on the massive development of infrastructures and the generalisation of access with a view to reaching a coverage rate of 80%, as well as on the consolidation and dynamisation of the sector.’ The Action Plan envisages doubling the size of the ICT market and creating 90,000 net direct jobs.