Somalia takes steps towards establishing regulator
26 January 2018
The Somali government has announced that it will establish the nation’s first independent regulatory agency for telecommunications, dubbed the National Communications Authority (NCA), as the state moves to implement the provisions of the landmark Communications Act, which passed into law in October last year.
Xinhua Net cites Minister for Post and Telecom Abdi Ashur Assan as saying that his first priority is to establish a regulatory authority that is credible, effective and operationally independent. Addressing industry stakeholders, consultancy firms and the Implementation Task Team that will provide the technical assistance for the establishment of the NCA at a three-day forum in Mogadishu, the minister told the officials: ‘You have an exceptional opportunity to create a new institution not restricted by [the] organisational challenges [of] our existing institutions. You will be responsible for the success or the failure of this institution, so I would urge you to do your utmost as individuals and as a team to ensure the establishment of a credible and effective institution.’