Internet for development is the message the African Union (AU) is pushing forward as the continent seeks to chart a new global growth path.

The creation of national internet exchange points where internet service providers interconnect with each other is expected to lessen the costs of accessibility on the continent.

Non-existence of the national internet exchange points for Africa has meant a massive outflow of capital, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars per year as internet service providers send domestic traffic over international connections.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services, Engineer Sam Kundishora said the continent is struggling to provide network services to the poorest populations in the world yet effectively subsidising the largest, richest internet service providers in Europe and the USA.

The draft SADC Regional Cross Border Interconnection Policy Framework seeks to establish communication systems that are accessible, affordable, efficient, reliable, and of a high quality.