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Saturday, 13 October 2007

Zambia's Draft ICT Bill (2007)

We have discussed a number of times the ICT situation in Zambia (e.g. here & here). Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) have got round to uploading the Draft Information and Communication Technologies Bill (2007) on their website. The ICT bill should be enacted by Parliament towards the end of the year. The proposed bill does appear to strengthen the capability of the CAZ, especially with respect to Economic Regulation. The role of the Competition Commission is also clarified, and crucially, CAZ would be able to regulate tariffs and charges for the Industry. As we have previously argued, Zambia's tariffs are one of the highest on the continent.

Highly recommended weekend read.

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