Somalia: National Communications Act Awaits President's Assent After Parliament Approval

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Monday August 21, 2017 - 21:23:45 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: National Communications Act Awaits President's Assent After Parliament Approval

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The National Communication Act is now awaiting presidential assent following the approval of the Upper House of Somalia's parliament today and earlier passed by the National Assembly on August 9, 2017.

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Members of the Upper House voted in favor of the Communication Act on Monday.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — The National Communication Act is now awaiting presidential assent following the approval of the Upper House of Somalia's parliament today and earlier passed by the National Assembly on August 9, 2017.
The Act was approved with 39 of the 40 sitting members voting in favour after serious discussions in the last couple of days. This makes the first act approved by the 10th parliament.
The president is expected to sign this bill into law very soon before it becomes effective.
The minister for Posts, Telecom and Technology Abdi Ashur, said while discussing the bill in Upper House, "It is an important act for Somalia. This was the bill that all stakeholders were eagerly looking forward to."
"It is another historic day for Somalia and a giant step towards establishing a regulatory framework for our vibrant telecom industry, because this was the oldest bill that remained idle before the parliament for more than 10 years," he added.
The current leadership of the Ministry has made passing of this act as one of the priorities of the Ministry by drawing a new, successful strategy that involved all stakeholders.
Drafting of this Communications 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 its success. 
The law will help the government increase revenues and contribute to security. It will also improve rights of the consumers and attract more investment for the sector, among other benefits.

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