Regional Regulatory Organisations
Regional Regulatory Organisations are the regional governing bodies in charge of developing and enforcing ICT regulations, policies, and standards to promote fair competition, ensure consumer protection, and foster development and innovation within their respective regions.

Regional regulatory bodies play a pivotal role in fostering collaboration, coordination standardisation, and regulatory convergence among member states. This allows them to address common challenges and promote harmonisation of regulations across borders, thereby playing a crucial role in shaping the regulatory environment and fostering industry growth within their regions.

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Key

Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) Member NRAs

West Africa Telecommunicatoins Regulations Assembly (WATRA) Member NRAs

East Africa Communications Organisations (EACO) Member NRAs

Assembly of Telecommunications Regulators of Central Africa (ARTAC) Member NRA’s

History

Communications Regulators’  Association of  Southern Africa (CRASA) is a specialized agency of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) established in 1997 under the auspices of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications, and Meteorology (1995). CRASA consists of four institutions: the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Executive Committee (EC), the Specialized Committees, and the Secretariat.

Role

CRASA is responsible for harmonizing the regulatory setting for postal and ICT in the SADC region to strengthen postal and ICT business structures and the investment climate.

Members 

CRASA membership comprises the National Regulatory Authorities of 14 states from the SADC Region.

Members list:
 Country                       Organisation                                                    
 Angola                        Instituto Angolano das Communicações (INACOM)                   
 Botswana                      Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)             
 Democratic Republic of Congo  Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecommunications du Congo (ARPTC)
 Lesotho                       Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA)                          
 Malawi                        Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)               
 Mauritius                     Information and Communications Technologies Authority of Mauritius (ICTA)
 Mozambique                    Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM)         
 South Africa                  Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)     
 Namibia                       Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN)            
 Zimbabwe                      Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)
 Tanzania                      Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)              
 Zambia                        Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA)
 Eswatini                      Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM)                      
 Comoros                       Autorite Nationale de Regulation des TIC                         

History

The West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), founded in 2002, is a consultative and collaborative body of Telecommunications Regulators in the West African sub-region to aid and advance the development of telecommunications in the sub-region and, ultimately, in Africa.

Role

WATRA works with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to enhance the West African telecoms environment.
WATRA collaborates and cooperates with other regional and international organizations to attain its mission of ensuring the rapid development of telecommunications in the sub-region.

Members 

WATRA membership comprises the National Regulatory Authorities of 16 West African states.

Members list:
 Country           Organisation                                                       
 Benin             Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP)
 Burkina Faso      Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)
 Cabo Verde        Agência de Regulação Multissectorial da Economia (ARME)             
 Côte d’Ivoire     Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications/TIC de Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI)
 Gambia            Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)                         
 Ghana             National Communications Authority (NCA)                             
 Guinea            Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (ARPT)      
 Guinea Bissau     Autoridade Reguladora Nacional das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (ARN-TIC)
 Liberia           Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA)                          
 Mali              Autorité Malienne de Régulation des Télécommunications/TIC et des Postes (AMRTP)
 Mauritania        Autorité de Régulation (ARE)                                        
 Niger             Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste (ARCEP)
 Nigeria           Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)                            
 Senegal           Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes (ARTP)  
 Sierra Leone      National Communications Authority (NatCA)                          
 Togo              Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP)

History 

The East African Communications Organization (EACO) was established in 2012 as a regional autonomous organization with international legal personality and is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.

Role

EACO brings together national ICT regulators, operators, services providers (in the telecommunication, broadcasting and postal sub-sectors), ICT training institutions and other stakeholders in the communication sector.

Members

EACO membership comprises the National Regulatory Authorities of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Members list:
 Country       Organisation                               
 Burundi       Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications
 Kenya         Communications Authority of Kenya
 Rwanda       Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority
 South Sudan  National Communication Authority
 Tanzania      Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority
 Uganda        Uganda Communications Commission
   

History

The Assembly of Telecommunications Regulators of Central Africa (ARTAC) was established in 2004 at the plenary assembly of the Conference of Posts and Telecommunications of Central Africa (COPTAC). ARTAC  is an intergovernmental organization that unites telecom regulators from the CEMAC-ECCAS-COPTAC sub-regions.

Role

ARTAC was set up to provide a platform for exchanges with a view to harmonising points of view in the Central African sub-region, and for training and mutual support in the face of the challenges encountered.

Members 

ARTAC membership comprises the National Regulatory Authorities of 8 Central African states.

Members list:
 Country                       Organisation                                                    
 Angola                        Instituto Angolano das Communicações (INACOM)                   
 Botswana                      Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)             
 Democratic Republic of Congo  Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecommunications du Congo (ARPTC)
 Lesotho                       Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA)                          
 Malawi                        Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)               
 Mauritius                     Information and Communications Technologies Authority of Mauritius (ICTA)
 Mozambique                    Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM)         
 South Africa                  Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)     
 Namibia                       Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN)            
 Zimbabwe                      Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)
 Tanzania                      Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)              
 Zambia                        Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA)
 Eswatini                      Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM)                      
 Comoros                       Autorite Nationale de Regulation des TIC                         

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