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PM Hamze Barre Lays Foundation Stone for Somalia Data Protection Authority

Storyline:National News

GOOBJOOG NEWS/MOGADISHU: The Somali Prime Minister, H.E. Hamze Abdi Barre, laid foundation stone at the site where the Data Protection Authority’s main building will be constructed in Mogadishu.

The event, which was attended by several Ministers, including the Post and Telecommunications Minister Mr. Mohamed Adem Mo’allim, follows up on the earlier launch back in February for the first-ever Data Protection Authority in Somalia.

PM Hamza Abdi Barre commended the importance of the stone-lying as it signifies “The Government’s commitment to reform and rebuild the public institutions to enhance their capacity to deliver essential services to the citizens”.

The Somalia Data Protection Authority is an independent regulatory institution which is responsible for ensuring compliance with data protection regulations to safeguard information privacy and security in the digital era.

The Data Protection Act was signed into law by H.E. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as part of a series of comprehensive legislative reforms enacted mid last year. These reforms played a crucial role in completing the country’s debt relief process.

As the country experiences continual growth and the revitalization of key institutions, the Data Protection Authority aims “to strengthen the nation’s digital infrastructure and safeguard citizens’ personal data,” said its Director General, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Ali “Royal”.