The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication exists to facilitate the necessary technical infrastructure to facilitate the free flow of timely and reliable information and feedback between the Government, its various departments, global contacts and the public. Focusing on the co-ordination of policies to monitor and evaluate the implementation of government programs that deal with telecommunication and postal services.
Based on our belief that communication is a human right, our focus is to provide a reliable, modern cost effective telecommunication facilities that can deliver voice and data for the whole of the country.
The Somali Postal Services is getting rebuilt and will soon be operational with the help of Universal Postal Union. The Somali Post will not only enable us to communicate, but send and receive goods in a cost effective and timely manner.
We have accepted that telecommunication and postal service as a prerequisite of developing our country. In order to promote private sector's participation in the telecommunication sector, the government Policy for this sector has created a favorable environment. The government has made a commitment to maintain competition and encourage public private partnership in this sector. We are moving towards a fully liberalized telecommunications market environment where all Somali business oriented people, as well as global investors are encouraged to participate.
The Somali Telecommunication sector is going through a major change to ensure consumers get quality of service and value for their money. The urgent major issues facing the sector are interconnection among all operators, simcard registration, number portability facility, CERT to deal with cyber security, frequency harmonization with neighboring countries, IPv6 and DTT digital migration. Ensuring international and national regulations are respected for all those with a license to operate in the Somali ICT sector is a high priority for the Ministry.
The new telecommunication law, approved by the Ministerial Council will ensure the delivery of secure, affordable higher quality service for all. This is a major achievement for the Ministry and when the parliament enacts this law, Somali ICT sector will enter a new phase, where at last the rule of law (enforceable) becomes the norm.
The Somali postal service is functioning, albeit handling increasing volumes of incoming mail. Phase II of implementing the Somali Postal Service is underway which will enable sending and receiving mail across the country possible. Modern telecommunications and postal infrastructure is an essential requirement for rapid economic and social development of the country. We are committed to timely delivery of high quality telecommunication and postal services at an affordable cost.
The focus of the ministry is to build the necessary legal and technical foundations for Somalia's ICT and Postal sector, to give all reliable, credible and highly advanced structure that can contribute to the development of the national economy. It is my public responsibility, the ministry's mandate and also my private ambition to move you all to the North of the digital divide.
Mohamed Ibrahim - Minister of Posts and Telecommunication. Email: