Somalia: Parliament Unanimously Approves Communication Bill Giving Ministry Power to Regulate Telecom Sector

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    Somalia: Parliament Unanimously Approves Communication Bill Giving Ministry Power to Regulate Telecom Sector

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — National Assembly of Federal Parliament today unanimously approved the National Communications Bill which allows to regulate the country's telecommunication sector.

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MPs of the National Assembly of the Federal Parliament during voting for the Communication Bill today August 9th, 2017.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — National Assembly of Federal Parliament today unanimously approved the National Communications Bill which allows to regulate the country's telecommunication sector.
The long-awaited bill, finally endorsed by 158 votes in favaour of it to only one against, was submitted to parliament in early July 2017 after consultations with all stakeholders in the last few months.
The telecommunications bill calls for the creation of telecoms regulatory authority, development of the country with telecommunications technology, protecting corporate and consumer rights and more participation by private sectors in developing the sector.
Drafting of this bill started as early as 2004 and has been sitting in front of 7th, 8th and 9th federal parliaments. However, due to non-stop efforts and change of strategy by the Ministry leadership, who have been working on it day and night, the bill is now the first to be approved by the 10th parliament.
"We recognize the tremendous and increasing impact that the telecoms sector has on the advancement of our economy and society. This Bill is a major breakthrough for the Somali people and the telecommunications sector in particular. It has been long promised, and we are indeed proud, to present the Bill for debate and passage by this honourable House,” Minister Ashur stated.
Government officials, despite several attempts to put the bill into the table of the MPs, failed to go through, forcing the bill to remain idle for years, with the booming of technology in Somalia.
"The real work starts now. Let me assure this House and the nation as a whole that the Ministry’s and Government’s focus and commitment to the national resources, which the new bill explicitly states such 252 and dot SO, is absolute and unconditional,” the minister concluded.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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