Namibia has started review of the law on communication and information communication technology (ICT) policies as it seeks to address shortcomings, and align the legislation with the emerging trends in the sector, an official said here Wednesday.

Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, executive director in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, said that the review and amendment of the country’s Communication Act (No.8 of 2009) and sectors ICT policies aim to remedy the provisions of the legislation that have over time become obsolete.

“The Communications Act, No 8 of 2009 and sectors ICT policies as having over time become outdated and obsolete. This results that most ICT subsectors are experiencing legal hitches in implementing and enforcing some provisions in the Act or provisions in their respective legal instruments because the Act is not aligned with certain provisions in the sub-sector policies, regulations, and guidelines,” he said.

According to Ua-Ndjarakana, so far, two consultative meetings were held, and reports produced for stakeholders’ inputs and comments.

The national review of the legislation, which is the first since its enactment, is envisaged to promote easy access to information, transparency, efficiency and accountability. Enditem

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