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Stakeholders engaged on proposed National Electronics Communications Bill 2020

The Ministry of Information and Communications has in partnership with the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) engaged stakeholders in the telecoms sector on the proposed National Electronics Communications Bill 2020.

In attendance at the J&E Resort in Bo were Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and civil society organizations, among others.

Deputy Information Minister, Mamadi Gobeh Kamara welcome participants encouraged them to contribute meaningfully towards the process.

Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Rahman Swaray, explained that the objective of the stakeholder’s validation was to build consensus for the development of predictable legal and regulatory framework for the ICT/Telecoms sector.

He maintained that a legal regime that promotes technology-neutral regulatory environment aimed at facilitating the deployment, exploitation and the development of new ICT/Telecom products, services and system within the economy and society.

He noted that the validation is the product of their collective effort to making this draft law and all-inclusive national document.

Minister Swaray stated that the draft Communications Act of 2020 is government intention to address critical legal and regulatory areas that are needed in order to lay the basis of transforming Sierra Leone to a digital economy.

He urged participants to make their inputs and expressed hope that at the end of the validation, they will come out with a strong document that speaks the minds of all players in the sector.

Acting Chairperson of NATCOM, Madiana Samba expressed her thanks and appreciation to the leadership of the ministry for their commitment in making sure the meeting becomes a success.

She noted that the proposed National communication Act 2020 provides an opportunity for an improve delivery of telecommunications services for all players within the industry.

She described the telecommunications sector as a dynamic industry that needs legal review and development and urged participants to take the validation process seriously because it gears towards making the sector attractive.

On behalf of CSOs, William Sao Lamin commended the minister and team for organizing such a validation workshop and for inviting members of the CSOs.

He described the communications sector as a key driver that connects with almost all other MDAs in the country and assured participants of their support to the process.

Representing mobile companies, Haffie Haffner from Orange, expressed her thanks and appreciations to the ministry and NATCOM for including them in such a validation and assured them of their support throughout the process. She noted that the new bill directly affects them, which is why they are keen to make their comments and recommendations towards the process.

The draft National Electronic Communications Bill 2020 was presented by the Acting Director of Communications, Mohamed M. Jalloh.


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