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Somali telecom operators criticise ministry for choice of regulatory directors

Monday December 3, 2018

The Association of Somali Telecommunication Companies (USIS) held its monthly meeting and discussed a number of issues, including a lack of cooperation between the ICT ministry and telecom operators.

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They accused the minister for post, telecommunication and technology for handpicking directors of the National Communications Agency (NCA) in violation of the law.

USIS said it has told the government and ICT stakeholders that it will not participate in the consultative conference to establish NCA governance, which it called an attempt by the ministry to willfully legitimise the NCA board.

The association cautioned against the consequences of abuses in the name of the NCA, such as the formation of governing committees, establishing tariffs, issuing telecommunication licences, and misguided strategies for safeguarding national assets. It called for the appointment of members of the NCA in accordance with the Communications Act articles 10 and 34. The operators reaffirmed their commitment to the rule of law.

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