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MCIT announces reissue of public consultation on updated draft ICT law

11 Dec 2017
MCIT announces reissue of public consultation on updated draft ICT law

As the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is keen to provide a legal basis for the implementation of the objectives and initiatives of the ICT sector within the programs of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and to protect the interests of users and investors, in line with the needs of the market and industry trends and international standards, in order to create an attractive environment for investment and innovation by current and new entities through expanding the sector to cover all ICT areas and to define independent roles for policy development, regulation, development and enablement, and to promote accountability and transparency among stakeholders in the sector, as well as to set a flexible and effective regulatory framework with implementation mechanisms, with a view to promote fair competition and provide advanced communications services at reasonable prices. In this context, the Ministry has announced the reissuance of a public consultation document for the updated draft ICT law, following individual meetings with the stakeholders and a number of The competent committees.

MCIT has invited all stakeholders to submit their consultations and welcome all comments made on the proposed act, and also invites participants to submit the relevant data, analyses and comparative studies that support their consultations. Participants shall submit their consultations according to the following guidelines.

Also, MCIT noted that all contributions/comments must be submitted no later than 15/11/2017 to the email address “consultation@mitc.gov.sa,” hand-delivered (in hard and soft copies), or sent by mail to the following address: "Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Planning and Development Agency), King Abdulaziz Telecom Complex, Morsalat District, Riyadh 11112, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Respondents’ consultations and notes on the draft law shall be reviewed to avail of them in developing the final version of the law, in order to achieve the objectives of the ICT sector within the programs of Vision 2030. Consultations shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed.

The ministry had previously announced issuance of a public consultation on the draft ICT law, where the general structure and approach of the current law has been amended to reflect the new strategic orientation of the ICT policy within the Vision 2030.

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