Somalia: New Telecommunications law comes into force

Somalia: New Telecommunications law comes into force

The new law on telecommunications, approved by the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the Senate last August, has finally entered into force. It was made enforceable on 2 October 2017 by the President of the Federal Republic, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (photo) who signed it. According to Post, Telecommunications and Technology Minister Abdi Ashur Hassan, this law took time to finally be approved by Parliament. He explained that his drafting had started in 2005.

This new law on telecommunications concerns the whole telecommunications market of Somalia. According to the President of the Republic, this new regulatory text, which takes into account the current challenges of the world of ICT and telecommunications, pays more attention to security, attraction of investments, protection of consumer rights.

For Somaliland, which claims to be an independent territory, the new law does not cover its telecommunications sector. At a press conference held on 15 August, Mustafe Farah Abrar, the telecommunications minister of Somaliland, described the law as provocative by the government of Mogadishu.

Source: Agence Ecofin



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