Info Ministry, PURA to combat cybercrime, financial scams

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure in collaboration with PURA will shape new policy to combat cybercrime and financial scams, Minister Demba Ali Jawo disclosed.

Mr. Jawo was speaking during the 9th Annual African Consumer Protection Dialogue Conference.

He said that information communication technologies have become part of our lives in both domestic and commercial space.

“The ubiquity of the internet poses both challenges and opportunities for individuals and communities in the growth of the digital commerce of inadequacy consumer protection policies and legislation,” he said.

He said the government has enacted the Information Communication Act of 2009 for protection and privacy of consumers. His ministry with PURA, he said have recognised the importance of protecting the consumers in the digital age to oversight certain safeguards things going wrong to interact with companies to establish standards.

He highlighted that consumers are vulnerable and hope recommendations that will trigger and shape new policy to ensure consumer protection.

“MOICI has committed to creating an enabling environment to ensure that the government and public utilize the opportunities offered by ICT application for delivery, operational efficiency and improve people’s lives.”

He noted that consumers drive demand and meeting their demands need to create innovation class of entrepreneurs in the provision of health services, agriculture and other traditional sector of our economy. As many entrepreneurs are youth which will offer huge opportunities to create well- meaning jobs.

Amadou Cessay, executive secretary of GCCPC said the conference that brought experts in the field of regulation and consumer protection to share their knowledge that will offer advantages of tremendous opportunities and challenges in the digital.

“The Gambia Consumer Act is enacted with primary objective to protect consumers from unfair and misleading market conduct, and to empower them to assert their rights, through establishment of consumer Protection Tribunal to address expeditiously and cost-effective,” he said.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez