A workshop on the "Convergence between media and telecommunications regulation" was held last February 2 to 4 in Cotonou, Bénin. Organized by the Institut Panos Afrique de l'Ouest (IPAO), this workshop gathered forty or so professionals from public institutions, private sector, civil society and regional and international institutions involved in this field.
The meeting which aims at promoting cooperation between African regulators of media and telecommunications for a regulation concerted, inclusive and generating convergence, should allow participants to identify sets of problems raised by the convergence for Africa and transversal sets of problems in matters of regulation of both sectors, and to study a few African and international experiences on convergence regulation. The proceedings should further allow to draw up recommendations to meet the implications of the convergence by all parties involved as well as for an harmonious cooperation among regulators, and also for the pertinence of setting up unique regulation bodies responsible des media and telecommunications.
The convergence of technologies, its definitions, implications, illustrations and stakes for those involved, the statutory and legal frameworks, the regional socioeconomic and technical stakes, the lessons to draw from experiences conducted elsewhere in Africa and at the international level, appeared among the other questions tackled during this workshop.