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Africa is on the move, and information and communications technologies (ICT) are a powerful tool to boost economic growth and poverty reduction. ICT increase efficiency, provide access to new markets or services, create new opportunities for income generation and improving governance and give poor people a voice. Taking into account Africa’s complexity and diversity, specific interventions are required rather than “one-size-fits-all” approaches. Isolated investment in ICT does not per-mit leapfrogging to higher growth rates. However, as a key part of a development strategy, main-streaming ICT in the productive sectors is a matter of economic survival. Maximum mobilisation of private investment, including from the African Diaspora, is vital. African leaders and their development partners share alike the vision and commitments of the World Summit of the Information Society resolutions regarding the key role of ICT for inclu-sive, globally competitive and knowledge-based societies. The following recommendations follow on from that vision. Africa’s success story with mobile telephone graphically shows that when ICT be-come affordable to low-income users, new employment, micro-entrepreneurial and social development opportunities emerge. ICT-induced growth should be reinforced by targeted policies for effective pov-erty reduction. The key bottlenecks to progress are rooted in infrastructure, access and the enabling environment. It is great to always not that our leaders are accepting the nessecity and importance of ICTs and therefore we should keep reminding the need for speedy implementation of all outstanding issues.

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