NATCOM, Information Ministry, Finalizes Draft Electronics Communications Act.
Friday 1st February 2019
The National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communications commenced a three days retreat to review the Draft Electronics Communications Act that has been in development for the past six years.
The retreat brought together participants from SALCAB, Universal Access Development Fund (UADF) and the media.
In his opening statement, Minister of Information and Communications, Hon Mohamed Rado Swarray spoke about his ministry’s commitment in ensuring the proposed legislation becomes law in the next ninety days.
Representing the Chairman of the Board of NATCOM, Commissioner Madiana Samba assured the gathering of the Board’s Commitment in ensuring the draft legislation has the necessary ingredients to deal with possible infractions which may not have been envisaged at time the legislation was drafted.
Articulating the vision of NATCOM the Director General, Maxwell Massaquoi recounted how the Commission had evolved over the years and catalogued regulations developed by the Commission to address emerging issues in the communications sector like quality of services, SIM card registration etc.
In the next few days, participants who have been placed into thematic groups would carefully go through the various provisions in the draft with a view to amend grey areas in it. A final version of the Act is expected to capture areas earlier not envisaged by a consultant recruited for this purpose.
Consequently, gaps identified in the existing 2006 NATCOM Act would be addressed to make NATCOM far more effective in executing its mandate.
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