23 February 2018
Somalia appoints head of country’s first telecoms regulator
The Somali Cabinet has approved the appointment of Abdi Sheikh Ahmed as the director-general of the country’s fledgling telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), reports Garowe Online. The development follows the passing into law of the landmark Communications Act in October last year. The country’s first telecoms law aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the sector and calls for the establishment of an independent regulatory authority.
‘This is another milestone by the ministry to have the director endorsed in due course because it will bring us closer to the establishment of the regulator,’ said Minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Technology, Abdi Ashur Hassan, adding: ‘When the law was passed in 2017 we promised our commitment to its implementation, and the establishment of the NCA is the first step towards that goal.’