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Tanzania mulls setting up ICT regulatory body 

DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Tanzania said on Wednesday they are forming a regulatory body for the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector to deter quacks and curb cyber crime.

Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Atashasta Nditiye said a framework formulated by the ICT Commission on how the regulatory body will operate has already been submitted to the central government for approval.

Opening the annual ICT Commission conference in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, Nditiye said the regulator will be responsible for identifying and registering all qualified ICT professionals in the east African nation, as is done in other professions.

“One of the main goals here is to determine who is qualified to be called a professional ICT expert,” said the official. “There are many people nowadays establishing very dangerous software that even threaten national security.”

He said the government is working to ensure that the ICT sector contributes properly to national economic growth through building an industry that will be well regulated for security and development growth reasons.

Samson Mwela, the director general of the ICT Commission, said the annual conference, which was the second to take place in the country, will help experts discuss their roles in the fourth industrialization drive.

“ICT is a sensitive sector and there is need for careful regulation as there are a lot of people pretending to be ICT professionals but have ended up tarnishing the country’s good image,” said Mwela.

Jim Yonazi, deputy permanent secreatry in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, said the focus is to enable the sector to bring positive input to the economy. 

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