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Parliament terminates Sierratel’s gateway monopoly

Parliament terminates Sierratel’s gateway monopoly

Freetown, March 10 (SLENA) – Parliament past Friday, Friday 6 March 2015 passed in to law the Telecommunication Amendment Act 2015.

The amendment Act is being an act to terminate the monopoly enjoyed by the Sierra Leone Telecommunication (Sierratel) Company in the operation of the international Gateway and for other related matters

Introducing the bill in parliament, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, John Arrow Bockarie underscored the importance of liberalizing the Gateway and its impact on the economy and the livelihood of the people of Sierra Leone as well.

The deputy minister added that the objective of the Act is to liberalize the operation of the international gateway which was hitherto monopolized by the Sierratel.

The minister informed parliament that the Telecommunication Act of 2006 is amended by the repeal and replacement of section 33 which states that the supervision of the international gateway shall be done by the Commission or an agent appointed by the Commission in that behalf.

Members of parliament from both side of the house welcomed the initiative put forward by the minister in order to liberalize the gateway for the interest of the of the country.

In another development, parliament has extended the public emergency regulations,  a constitutional instrument No. 5 of 2014 which was laid before  the house on the 21st  day of August 2014.

The emergency regulation will continue to be in force for a further period of 90 days, commencing on the 11th day of March 2015, pursuant to section 29 subsection 10 of the constitution of Sierra Leone.

Credit SLENA

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