The Internet or African Development? Internet wins.
The Secretary of State for Communication, Information and Technology, Mrs. Nenneh Macdouall-Gaye, was recently invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the government of Canada to lead a sixty-man delegation from Africa to attend the Government Technology and Professional Development Forum in Ottawa, Canada.
She pointed out that out of the one billion people connected to the internet worldwide, Africa suffers the lowest and most expensive connectivity, citing the high cost of access to international bandwidth.
Mrs. Macdouall-Gaye also noted that 90% of international internet traffic passes through the developed countries, and it is the developing countries that bear the burden of cost. This, of course, restraints the growth of internet in Africa, she said. She further lamented on the loss of about $400 million a year spent on international bandwidth, which she said could have been utilized for developing the African continent.