Management of USAFs: Operating Models


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This is the presentation for the fifth session of a workshop CTO developed on the Management of Universal Service Access Funds (USAFs), held in Cameroon. It explores existing operating models and the successes and challenges of these.

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Management of USAFs: Operating Models

  1. 1. Management of Universal Access Funds for Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon Module 4: Operating Models 7 – 9 February 2011
  2. 2. South Africa
  3. 3. USAASA Board
  4. 4. USAASA Board <ul><li>Appointed by the Minister of Communications under the Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>The Board’s functions and responsibilities determined by legislation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represent the Agency before the Minister and Regulatory Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oversee the functions of the Agency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare and update a strategic plan for the Agency at least once every three years to be used by the Agency in its authority and operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approve the annual report prior to submission to the Minister </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approve the statement of estimated income and expenditures and any other adjusted statements prior to submission to the Minister </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approve the CEO’s recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take other decisions as may be requested by the CEO of the Agency </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. USAASA Management
  6. 6. USAASA Management <ul><li>The CEO is accountable to the Board and oversees all the divisions of operations and their functions </li></ul><ul><li>Projects Division – responsible for facilitation of the deployment of access to ICTs in under-served areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating availability of access to infrastructure, particularly for School Cyberlabs, Telecentres, Digital Hubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding the rollout infrastructure in the identified under-served areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadcasting – USAASA is working on strategies to include access to broadcasting in its defined ICT services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provision of rules and operating procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provision of criteria on how organisations can access subsidies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysing and monitoring the impact from USAF projects </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. USAASA Management <ul><li>Research Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>co-ordinating research activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corporate Affairs Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provision of advice on corporate matters, including communication, media liaison, stakeholders’ relations and marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legal & Regulatory Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>legal documentation in relation to granting subsidies and procurement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>coordinate legislative and regulatory advisory activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human Resources Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Management of human resources </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. USAASA Management <ul><li>Finance Division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>maximises potential investment income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensures administration costs and subsidy disbursements are within funding limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensure regular audit functions are carried out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>management of finance and accounting activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>procurement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal Audit Division </li></ul>
  9. 9. Uganda
  10. 10. RCDF Board * Representative from communications industry cannot be owners, sharholders, partners or employees of licensed communications operators in Uganda in order to avoid conflict of interest <ul><li>The RCDF is accountable to UCC. </li></ul><ul><li>The Board is meant to be representative of stakeholders involved in rural communications in order to promote transparency. </li></ul>
  11. 11. RCDF Board <ul><li>The Board’s functions and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>executes UCC’s strategy and regulation in the activities of the RCDF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of the Fund programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of the operating budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of all allocation of staff positions except the Fund manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of consulting and outsourcing contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approval of all awards of contracts on tendered projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain integrity of the Fund’s financial activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular approval of quarterly direct Fund disbursement reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor the quarterly financial reports and annual report </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. RCDF Organisational Structure RCDF 2010 Organisational Structure
  13. 13. RCDF Management <ul><li>Director – Mr Bob Lyazi </li></ul><ul><li>Management is defined by Statutory Instrument 2002, No 52  </li></ul><ul><li>The RCDF Manual of Operating Procedures provides guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Employees of RCDF are employees of UCC </li></ul>
  14. 14. Nigeria
  15. 15. USPF Board <ul><li>The USP Board oversees the functioning of the Fund. </li></ul><ul><li>It supervises and provides broad policy directions for the Fund’s management </li></ul><ul><li>Members include </li></ul><ul><li>one representative each from the Ministries of Telecommunications and Finance </li></ul><ul><li>4 private sector representatives </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. USPF Management <ul><li>The USP Secretariat implements the UA/US mandate of NCC </li></ul><ul><li>Funding & Subsidy Department </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages the Fund’s financial resources, including subsidy estimations and disbursements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Policy & Strategy Department </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic and operational plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and gap analysis </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Project & Monitoring Department </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project conceptualisation, design and implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring quality of service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legal & Board Secretarial Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretarial functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal matters, such as contracts and legal documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages corporate governance issues </li></ul></ul>USPF Management
  18. 18. Ghana
  19. 19. GIFEC Board The Board oversee the functioning and operation of the Fund, develops broad policies and makes decisions for the Fund.
  20. 20. GIFEC Management
  21. 21. GIFEC Management <ul><li>Administrator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overall planning, management and co-ordination of the programmes and activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures effective implementation of decisions of the Board </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finance & Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages financial resources, subsidies and disbursements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business Development </li></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates technical services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>undertakes programmes and activities to enhance socio-economic impact </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul>
  22. 22. GIFEC Management <ul><li>Internal Auditor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent appraisal of effectiveness of internal controls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies major risks and ensures compliance with internal policies and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Accountant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages Funds, prepares financial reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitors effective implementation of budgets </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Policy Makers and Regulators Engagement Country Policy Maker Regulator South Africa No direct involvement No direct involvement Uganda No direct involvement Directly manages Nigeria Great degree of involvement as Chair Great degree of involvement (Deputy Chair) but not as much as Uganda Ghana Great degree of involvement as Chair Some degree of involvement (represented on the board) but not as much as Nigeria or Uganda