Draft ICT bill receives cabinet approval

10 Nov 2010

The Rwandan cabinet has approved a revised draft Information Communication Technology (ICT) Bill, which provides a comprehensive legal, regulatory and institutional framework, local daily the New Times reports. The aim of the draft bill is to help the country adapt to the global development of ICT; at present there is no legal framework governing the ICT sector in Rwanda, including the new development of technologies and international best practices. ‘The law is timely and highly needed since it comes at a moment when both the government and the private sector have made significant investment and efforts to consolidate our ICT infrastructure,’ commented ICT Minister Ignace Gatare, adding: ‘The ICT draft bill provides for a new licensing framework that creates new business opportunities, and this will allow the operators to provide all types of services through unified licences. Gatare revealed that the bill aims to ensure fair competition amongst service providers and promote rapid growth of new services and applications. The bill will be tabled with parliament before it is enacted into law.