In view of the foregoing considerations, a national policy on information and communication for sustainable development in African countries may have the following objectives:
To support national development initiatives and programs, and to improve the quality of life of the people, by facilitating systematic and effective use and coordination of communication and information strategies and activities;
To rationalize multi-sectoral investments in information and communication hardware and software through their consolidation and appropriate integration in national development plans and planning structures;
To enhance access to information and communication infrastructures and new technologies, especially in rural communities;
To promote national dialogue on development issues by all citizens, consistent with the emerging democratic culture and national constitutional provisions;
To preserve national cultural identity, promote the national cultural patrimony and enhance the development of cultural and artistic capabilities and institutions, while enabling productive regional and international interchange;
To ensure the timely, orderly and effective growth of information and communication institutions and professions through standards setting, capacity-building and human resources development.