New African Regional Group for ICT Security Standardization

A new Regional Group for Africa has been established within ITU-T Study Group 17, the standardization expert group responsible for building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Regional Groups within ITU-T Study Groups contribute to the inclusivity of the ITU-T standardization process. These groups highlight regional priorities for ITU-T standardization, assist in the coordination of regional contributions to the work of ITU-T, and offer a mechanism for standardization experts to convene meetings close to home.

The new ITU-T Study Group 17 Regional Group for Africa (SG17RG-AFR) provides a channel through which to encourage and organize Africa’s participation in ITU-T security standardization. The group will guide African contributions to ITU-T security work, conversely informing the region of key ITU-T decisions in the security field. It will assist the region in the implementation of ITU-T standards and organize technical tutorials to increase Africa’s resilience to security threats.

SG17RG-AFR will be overseen by the following management team:


  • Michael Katundu, Communications Authority of Kenya


  • Mohamed M. K. Elhaj, National Telecommunications Corporation of Sudan
  • Patrick Mwesigwa, Uganda Communications Commission
  • Mohamed Touré, Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et des Nouvelles Technologie de l’Information, Guinée

More information on ITU-T Study Group 17 can be found on the group’s homepage.

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