The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure as the name implies has public responsibility for building and maintaining the national communication infrastructure (physical and systemic) to support overall national development. Over the years since its formation, it has undertaken significant physical and systemic infrastructural strides in implementing and sustaining modern development-supportive investments in communication infrastructure through the elaboration and implementation of the NICI policy through effective coordination with its five satellites institutions.
In 2010 and as part of the UNDP programme of institutional capacity support to government institutions, MOICI developed and launched its strategic plan for 2010 – 2014, which is now being reviewed and revised to 2018. It goes without saying that communication in its modern dispensation is the life blood of development, without which The Gambia will never be able to integrate into the global and world economic community. It has also been empirically proved that economic growth; poverty reduction and improvements in all the social indices are positively correlated with effective communication. Hence, communication means development. For The Gambia to achieve and sustain development, it will need to invest in and sustain a communication infrastructure that is modern and accessible.
The NICI Policy - the MOICI instrument for overall communication infrastructure development and monitoring, recognizes the need for aiming at where ICT would contribute to attaining and intervening medium development policies, such as the PAGE and the overall objective of Vision 2020. This policy continues to be the bedrock for fulfilling The Gambia government’s communication strategy objectives.
In order to fulfil its policy objectives, using the NICI as an instrument, MOICI operates or intervenes through its satellite institutions: GAMTEL (telecommunication and Internet), GRTS (radio and television), GAMPOST (postal services), DOI (information services) and GPPC (printing and publishing). Since MOICI is a government ministry and has responsibility for policy development (the NICI policy) to ensure infrastructural and operational effectiveness in its policy areas, it ensures policy realisation by monitoring the implementation of the various aspects of the policy by the satellite institutions and through the private sector. To do this, MOICI has to be an effective interlocutor between government and the satellite institutions, the private sector and donors to the communications sector. MOICI also has to be an effective advocacy institution for the satellite institutions (the communications sector) to government for adequate public financing and donors for varieties of support.
Functionally, MOICI is headed by the Office of The Minister and a Permanent Secretary. These two offices are jointly responsible for coordinating policy evolution and putting in place frameworks for policy implementation to ensure effective national communication infrastructure.