Cabinet endorses director of Somalia’s Communications Authority

Somalia teSomalia cabinet approves first telecom regulator. (Image source: Miguel Á. Padriñán/Pixabay)The cabinet of Somalia has unanimously endorsed Abdi Sheik Ahmed for the post of director-general of the National Communications Authority (NCA), which is established under Somalia’s Communications Law 2017

Speaking after the endorsement, the minister for post, telecom and technology, Abdi Ashur Hassan, thanked the cabinet for the endorsement of the director who is expected to lead Somalia’s first communications regulator.

“This is another milestone by the ministry to have the director endorsed in due course because it will bring us closer to the establishment of the regulator,” said the minister.

“When the law was passed in 2017, we promised our commitment to its implementation, and the establishment of NCA is the first step towards that goal,” concluded the minister.

Abdi Sheikh is multi-disciplinary technology leader with strong background in information and communication technologies, particularly in the design and operations of global networks. For more than 23 years, he worked for Verizon Communications, one of the largest telecommunication companies in the US and the World, where he held number of leadership and senior management positions, including 11 years of managing financial and human resources.

Currently, he is a Senior ICT Adviser to the ministry of post, telecommunication and technology of the Federal Government of Somalia, focusing on passage of Somali Communications Act, capacity building for the ministry and engagements between the ministry, development partners and the international telecommunication union (ITU).

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