The telecommunications sector today supports the creation of wealth in many countries which have ensured its development. In Niger, where it has not really evolved over the years, the time has come for general mobilization to make it an engine of national growth.
The President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, instructed the actors of the national telecommunications sector to accelerate its development so that it impacts the country. Friday, May 7, during the meeting to which were invited the Minister of Post and New Information Technologies, the CEOs of telephone companies, the Regulatory Authority and Electronic Communications and the Post ( Arcep), new strategic orientations have been adopted. They are grouped into three major axes which focus on improving the regulatory, technical and fiscal framework.
According to the Head of State, “ the private sector in general, the telecommunications sector in particular, contributes an important part in the development of increasingly financialized and digitalized economies. The telecommunications sector in Niger, unfortunately having been confronted with certain problems in recent years, has not experienced the development it was promised. The effects of this situation have been of real damage to the national economy. Today, telecommunications services in Niger are very expensive, rather of poor quality, characterized by low speeds, very limited access and little popularization ”.
He lamented the fact “ the penetration rate is only around 43% when it is close to 100% in countries like Mali and Burkina Faso. The mobile Internet penetration rate is less than 20%, while in neighboring countries it is around 30%. More worrying, the percentage of active electronic money account is only 3% while it is 45% in countries whose economies are comparable to that of Niger ”.
Mohamed Bazoum defined the development of the telecommunications sector as one of the engines of Nigerian growth in his political program 2021-2025. The president makes it an emergency given the growing digital dependence of the world and the significant spinoffs of the digital economy that the country could miss.
Once developed, the telecommunications sector will contribute in various aspects to Niger’s economic growth. Better regulation will encourage investment that will create jobs and wealth. The review of the technical framework of the sector, by improving the coverage and quality of services, will transform the living conditions of millions of people who will be able to access the Internet and all its advantages; as well as the various value-added services offered by telecoms. On the fiscal front, these are additional revenues that the State will record, generated by new investors and old ones who will have seen their turnover grow thanks to the better regulatory and technical framework.