Libya’s Deputy Minister for Communications and Informatics Mr Mohamad Benrasali has asked the ITU for support in preparing a master plan to modernise ICT infrastructure in Libya.
The minister stated that “The Libyan ICT sector poses several opportunities as well as challenges that can potentially result in significant economic growth, job creation, and transformation of government services, among other possible impacts.”
Mr Benrasali said the master plan would focus on establishing a regulatory framework that would encourage investment in developing the ICT sector and re-building infrastructure and affirmed that capacity building would be an integral part of the plan.
He also noted that the Libyan government is focusing on e-government as a powerful tool for public service delivery and that the government’s ‘e-Libya initiative’ is aimed at revitalising the administration. “The e-Libya initiative is based on smart applications and has a number of strategic objectives that aim to build a knowledge-based economy through ICT,” Mr Benrasali said. E-Libya initiatives include open government, e-government, e-commerce and e-education.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said: “Establishing a regulatory framework will spur growth in ICT development in Libya and ITU will take immediate measures to share best practices and to ensure that steps are taken in the right direction.”
The Libyan government has laid down a timeframe of two years to reach its objectives of modernising the ICT sector. ITU has committed to sending an assessment mission to Libya. The Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau Mr Brahima Sanou said, “It will be a challenge to meet the ambitious goals set by Libya, but I believe it is within our reach.”