Niger approves creation of new regulator ARCEP

26 Jun 2018

Niger’s Council of Ministers has adopted a draft law establishing a new telecoms watchdog known as the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et de la Poste, ARCEP). Le Sahel reports that the establishment of the new regulator will make the necessary adjustments to enable Niger to comply with additional directives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), in order to contribute to the creation of a common market for ICT in the community area. Among other things, the new law strengthens the sanctioning power of the ARCEP by giving it the option of reducing the duration and/or the scope of operating licences and authorisation. The bill will now be sent to the National Assembly for final approval and adoption.