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Somali government to establish communications regulatory commission

March 23, 2012

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The Somali cabinet unanimously approved the National Communications Act 2012 on Thursday (March 22nd), laying the foundation to develop the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) said in a statement.

Under the new legislation, a National Communications Commission will be established to regulate the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, said Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications Abdulkadir Hussein Mohamed.

"The legal certainty will promote investment and infrastructure expansion, which will mean more and better service for Somali consumers," Mohamed said.

The legislation was drafted after government officials consulted with stakeholders from civil society, academia and communications experts to achieve industry consensus and ensure compliance with international standards, the statement said.

The TFG praised the process of transparency and inclusiveness that was used and the passage of the final legislation. The inclusive approach could be used as a "model for future legislations and a model for the functioning of the new regulator", the statement said.

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  • Ciilqabe
    March 24, 2012 @ 11:43:48PM

    To be honest I am optimist about the future of Somali because the international community is trying all it can to help the country back to its feet. The situation looks grim but there is some hope in Somalia. The hope is in form of the presence of UN and the African troops for peacekeeping mission. There’s also hope in the transitional federal government and the presence of humanitarian organizations. There are certain setbacks in the process of bringing peace in the region.

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