Policy Keynote: The Case for Dynamic Governance and Regulatory Modernisation
To ensure continued investment in mobile broadband networks in MENA, the region’s governments must review and refresh their regulations, taxation policies and spectrum rules. Rules that apply to some digital service providers, but not to others, can distort competition, deter innovation and ultimately deprive consumers and companies of the benefits of technological progress. Consumers, companies and governments will all benefit from the modernisation of digital regulations to ensure equivalent services are governed by the same flexible, principles-based rules. At the same time, policymakers need to ensure that there is sufficient spectrum available to meet rising demand for mobile broadband and that their taxation policies encourage, rather than discourage, adoption of mobile services. Some countries in MENA also need to address key infrastructure bottlenecks, such as international gateways, to ensure their citizens and companies have affordable internet access. This session will explore the ways in which policymakers can drive economic growth and increase stability by taking a principles-based approach to regulation, taxation and spectrum allocation.