Receiving the Chairmanship during EACO Assemblies in Mwanza on Wednesday, Tanzania appealed for efficiency in the regulatory role among EACO member states for improved living standards of the people in all EACO member countries.
“Regulations is not only policing but also ensures consumer protection and ensuring consumers fulfill their obligations as well as ensuring growth of the efficient operator. Regulator work is not just to punish but also to deliver correctional measures wherever necessary”, said the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA's) Director of Licensing and Enforcement John Walles Daffa who received the chairmanship from a representative of EACO Chairman Matano Ndaro on behalf of the TCRA Director General Eng. James Kilaba.
Addressing the EACO Assemblies on behalf of the designate Chairman of EACO Eng. James Kilaba, Daffa said that operators have to play a leading role in ensuring that there is a level playing field among all service providers and promote innovations and creativity in the communication sector.
“Regulators have to play a central hub role in pioneering development and growth of the communication sector for the improved delivery of communication services that will directly benefit all the people in the EACO members states,” said the TCRA DG representative.
Daffa pointed out that the Regulator has three main clients to serve. These are being a technical advisor to the governments on policy, regulations and implementation of communications guidelines of member states.
He said the regulator is responsible to protect rights and promote consumer obligations, while enhancing the effective competition in the market by ensuring level playing field of all players.
Speaking shortly before handing over the EACO Chairmanship to Tanzania, a representative of EACO Chairman Matano Ndaro expressed deep appreciations to the people and the government of Tanzania, through TCRA for hosting the 26th edition of EACO meeting and Assemblies and the 23rd EACO Congress.
He also thanked Tanzania, the host government for its commitment and support to EACO’s programmes.
Matano commended EACO’s task force groups and working groups and committees for what he termed as excellence in performance.
The working groups include ICTs policy & regulatory frameworks harmonization, ICT infrastructure development, connectivity, sharing and digital inclusion.
Others are ICT applications, consumer protection issues and cyber security, postal & courier services development and regulations and the broadcasting development, spectrum management and media services regulations.
Communications Numbering Plans, IP addressing, services pricing & industry analysis, e-waste and counterfeit gadgets management including two special committees of legal and human resource committee and finance, audit and risk management committee.