ICT Bill consultation starts

6 Jul 2009

Zimbabwe’s government has started consultations on the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Bill which will repeal the Postal & Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Services Act, and amend some sections of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, reports state-backed newspaper The Herald. The Bill seeks to establish a single authority to regulate all aspects of the ICT sector including online business. Addressing stakeholders at a consultative meeting in Harare, ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa said he will present the draft to Cabinet within two weeks. Chamisa announced: ‘What we have as of now is a skeleton framework which you can add flesh on…the Cabinet Committee on Legislation will look at it before I take it to Parliament for debate. This is all in line with the Short-Term Emergency Recovery Programme and Government’s 100-day Plan.’ The draft bill will be posted on the ministry website for all involved parties to make their input.