Somalia cabinet approves ICT strategy

ICT sector

The Somali cabinet has approved the country’s first information and communications technology (ICT) strategy to attract more investment, a government minister said on Friday.

Abdi Ashur Hassan, minister for post, telecom and technology, said the policy is designed to support the goals of the National Development Plan, national roadmaps, and the broader vision of the government for leveraging ICT as a driver of economic and social development.

“We have a communications law, a regulator and ICT Policy and Strategy,” he said. “The sector has now the legal and policy frameworks that would allow it to develop further and attract more investment.”

In a statement issued in Mogadishu, Hassan said the document aims at strengthening coordination, consistency and collaboration among public and private sectors in the field.

The policy’s broad areas of focus over the next five years include improving access and connectivity, domestic digital infrastructure, citizen/consumer protection, public e-services, development of ICT ecosystem, and local content development, the minister said.

President Mohamed Farmajo, who chaired the cabinet meeting that approved the document, urged all government ministries and agencies, the private sector, and development partners to help implement the new strategy. Enditem

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