Founded in 1977 as a specialized agency of the Organization of African Unity (now the African Union) in the field of telecommunications, the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) is a partnership between public and private stakeholders in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

ATU provides a forum for stakeholders involved in ICT to formulate effective policies and strategies aimed at improving access to information infrastructure and services.  In addition, the Union represents the interests of its members at global decision-making conferences and promotes initiatives aimed at integrating regional markets, attracting investment in ICT infrastructure and building institutional and human capacity.  The mission of the Union is, in fact, to promote the rapid development of info-communications in Africa in order to achieve universal access and full inter-country connectivity.

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