Somalia’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has begun a consultation on a new ‘Draft Communications Law’ which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector. Somali Update reports that the ministry has discussed the proposed legislation with representatives from the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group, comprising public and private sector stakeholders, at a conference in Mogadishu. Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Ibrahim Yarow Isaq, said the MPT is now in the final stages of receiving comments and contributions from industry stakeholders before the Draft Communications Law is finalised and submitted to the Cabinet and Parliament for approval. ‘It is the right time to have a regulation for the sector because we now agree that no business can survive without regulation. A regulated market is in the best interests of all,’ the Deputy Minister stated.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a proposed Communications Act received a first reading in Parliament in December 2014 and was approved again by the Cabinet in June 2016. However, it was subsequently reported that the proposed law had been put on hold following concerns raised by the private sector.