Somalia: Parliament Passes Communication Act aiming to Regulate the Telecom Industry and Contain Cyber Crimes

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    Somalia: Parliament Passes Communication Act aiming to Regulate the Telecom Industry and Contain Cyber Crimes

    MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) The Federal parliament of Somalia passed the communication Act on Wednesday in a majority vote, a bill that seeks to streamline the country's telecommunication sector and tackle the growing cyber crimes in the country.

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Members of the Parliament holding their hands up during voting. Photo credit: MoP
MOGADISHU (Horn Observer) The Federal parliament of Somalia passed the communication Act on Wednesday in a majority vote, a bill that seeks to streamline the country's telecommunication sector and tackle the growing cyber crimes in the country. officials said.

This bill, which  clears the way for the creation of a telecommunications authority, which would regulate the sector and provide protection of corporate and consumer rights, passed its third reading in the parliament and received 158 votes in favor of the law, whereas one MP rejected, in a session which was chaired by the first deputy speaker of the parliament, Abdiweli Ibrahim Sheikh Mudey.

Somalia Ministry of Posts and Communication and the Office of the Somali Presidency welcomed the passing of the law, which will regulate the fast growing telecom sector and rapidly changing technologies in the country.


"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 honorable House,” Abdi Ashur Hassan, minister for Posts, Telecom and Technology said,   "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 dotSO, is absolute and unconditional,”
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Meanwhile, Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has lauded members of parliament for unanimously passing the National Communications Act, a bill that seeks to streamline the country’s telecommunication sector, in a statement released by the Presidency.

"Members of the House of the People have taken a bold step in passing this bill, I hope the upper house would follow suit. I look forward to receiving it and assenting to it” Meanwhile, Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said "This is the first step towards fulfilling that request, it is prove that the parliament is ready to work for the progress of our country”

"President Farmaajo asked the National Assembly to pass 15 bills that the administration plans to table in this parliamentary session to fast track delivery efforts.” The statement added.

Many analysts believe that the National Communication Act would find solutions for the growing online cyber crimes in the country which the government or any other institutions in Somalia are unable to contain.

Drafting of Telecom Law started as early as 2004, the previous parliaments failed to approve because of the interference from the powerful Telecom companies who many believe feared dominance by the government on the industry.

The National Communication Act  would need the approval of the Upper house, followed by the endorsement and signature of the Country's president, in order to be enacted as a law. The Bill would further give the government an opportunity to generate revenues.
 
- Horn Observer -


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