Internet of Things: Role of African Governments

The US government body, National Telecommunications and information administration, in September initiated conversations with IOT players to identify what is the US government’s role in IOT. This led to a green paper released in January 2017. A very good paper which our African governments can learn from. The paper identified the following 4 broad guidelines:

Source Green paper: Fostering the advancement of IOT

International Telecommunication Union in December 2016 held a workshop on ‘Internet of Things: Policy and Regulatory Enablers’ has a nice picture that ties it all neatly.

ITU Internet of Things enablers and Regulatory enablers Document
ITU Internet of Things enablers and Regulatory enablers Document

ITU has been proactive to work with African governments on regulatory/policy matters. A matter of time to see what African government is moving fast on this. My bet (totally subjective) is Rwanda, Mauritius and South Africa running ahead with a national IOT policy and strategy. Nigeria and Kenya policies tend to take long to be adopted due to strong and quite vocal stakeholder engagements.