Somalia, Djibouti Sign Telecom Cooperation and Cyber Security Agreement

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Friday August 18, 2017 - 15:02:55 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia, Djibouti Sign Telecom Cooperation and Cyber Security Agreement

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The ministers of posts and telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti have signed first cooperation agreement on telecommunication and cyber security, a joint statement said.

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Abdi Ashur Hassan, Somali Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and his Djiboutian counterpart Abdi Youssouf Sougueh during tour on Djibouti Telecom earlier this week.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The ministers of posts and telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti have signed first cooperation agreement on telecommunication and cyber security, a joint statement said.
Abdi Ashur Hassan, Somali Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and his Djiboutian counterpart Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, have reached the agreement following four-day official visit of the Somali minister to Djibouti.
Here is the full joint statement;
The main purpose of the minister and his delegation’s four-day visit was to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the areas of posts and telecommunications.
The following are the major points of the joint statement:
Recalling the recent Somalia's submarine cable cut near Mogadishu landing station that severed international connectivity to a large geographic area in Somalia, the two ministries recognize the need for at least an additional submarine optical cable connection to Somalia. The two ministries agreed in principle to renew and move forward with the discussions Somali and Djibouti governments and Somali telecommunication carriers and Djibouti Telecom on the Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE) cable, which will connect Djibouti and Mombasa with many landing stations in Somalia.
The ministries agreed to promote and strengthen the cooperation between the ministries in number of areas, such as: regional interconnectivity, terrestrial optical fiber, cyber security, ICT regulations, cross border signals issues, spectrum management and numbering plan, etc.
The ministers agreed to convene a meeting between the officials of the two governments; Somalia carriers and Djibouti Telecom in the near future.
H.E. Abdi Ashur Hassan told that the recent submarine cable cut has proven that the recovering economy of Somalia urgently needs another cable for redundancy.
"To act proactively we need to move forward with the discussions of another cable. And Djibouti is a good partner in this regard because eight submarine fiber optic cables land in Djibouti,” added the minister.

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