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Published on
December 1, 2021

On December 14, 2021 at 11.30-12.30 UTC, the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network (I&JPN) hosted a Workshop at the African Internet Governance Forum. 

The Workshop convened a panel of policy experts from the government, private sector, and academia to discuss why policymakers must consider cross-border dimensions and impacts digital policies. The Workshop also provided an opportunity to share engagement opportunities around the new I&JPN Project to develop an Internet & Jurisdiction in the African Union Regional Status Report which will be produced to help frame, map, and address cross-border digital policies across the African Continent.

Moderator:

• Tracy Sinkamba Faustin, International Research & Project Management Coordinator, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Invited speakers:

Caroline Mbugua, Senior Policy Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA
Tapiwa Ronald Cheuka, Trade Policy Officer, African Union Commission (AUC)
Shamira Ahmed, Senior Economist and Trade Specialist, Research ICT Africa (RIA)
Lorrayne Porciuncula, Executive Director of the Datasphere Initiative at I&JPN
Nashilongo Gervasius, Digital Policy Researcher and Datasphere Initiative Fellow, I&JPN 

The 10th meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum was held virtually under the theme  “Advancing digital transformation in Africa in the face of Crisis” from 14-16 December 2021. The thematic sessions are aligned to the foundational areas outlined in Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020-2030 (DTS) whose overall objective is to harness digital technologies and innovation to transform societies and economies to promote Africa's integration, generate inclusive economic growth, stimulate job creation, break the digital divide, and eradicate poverty for the continent’s socio-economic development. 

Read more about AfIGF-2021 here.

About the I&JPN Cross-border Digital Policies for Africa Project

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network will undertake a pioneering project to complement existing regional mechanisms for stakeholders from the African continent to share knowledge, consult each other, interact with stakeholders around the world, and develop a shared understanding of and capacity around digital policy issues.

A key outcome of this project, the Internet & Jurisdiction in the African Union Regional Status Report will be produced to help frame, map and address cross-border digital policies across the African Continent. 

This project is enabled with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Learn about the I&JPN Cross-border Digital Policies for Africa Project here.