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to present converged Communications Bill
July 31, 2006
which seeks to establish the Converged National Information and
Communication Technologies Regulator to facilitate implementation
of Zimbabwe’s ICT policy will be tabled during the country’s Second
Session of the Sixth Parliament.
President Robert Mugabe told parliament
during the opening of the Second Session on 26 July 2006 that the
government would also through the Ministry of Transport and Communications
table a Bill providing for the establishment of the National Information
and Communication Technology Authority.
In his address, Mugabe noted that the
critical role of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as
a catalyst for economic development continued to grow.
"Our challenge is to embark on full
scale implementation of the ICT policy and strategies to translate
this potential into actual national competitive advantage,"
MISA-Zimbabwe has been advocating for
the singular regulation of the telecommunications and broadcasting
sector through the establishment of an independent communications
authority. This will entail reviewing and reforming the laws that
govern telecommunications in the country, with the intention of
creating a single regulatory authority for broadcasting and telecommunications.
This cannot be undertaken in isolation
of the review of the laws that currently underpin the telecommunications
industry in Zimbabwe. The laws in question are the Postal and Telecommunications
Act (PTA), Broadcasting
Services Act (BSA), Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings Act and the
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Act.
MISA Zimbabwe, therefore, recommends
that the Ministry of Information and Publicity in conjunction with
the Ministry of Science and Technology, should also review the situation
regarding access to information in Zimbabwe based on legislations
such as Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which pose
serious impediments for ordinary citizens to access information
from government departments.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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