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
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
“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.