The topics covered, including consumer protection, cybercrime and cyber security, data protection, and privacy and online content control, were not only very pertinent to the United Republic of Tanzania but also to the rest of the developing Commonwealth countries as they grapple with the challenges brought by new frontiers in ICT development.
Makame M. Mbarawa, Member of Parliament, Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, the United Republic of Tanzania, commenting on the special briefing session organized by UNCTAD, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
UNCTAD supports governments by organizing parliamentary briefings to facilitate the adoption of the appropriate legal instruments.
- In 2011, a briefing session was held in Kenya for the Parliament's Departmental Committee which handles communications matters.
- In 2013, a special briefing session was organized in Cameroon by UNCTAD with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
25 Commonwealth Parliamentarians were briefed on legal and regulatory issues pertaining to e-commerce, including legal recognition of electronic messaging for commerce and e-government.
They also discussed legal and regulatory issues relating to cybercrime, cyber security measures and their role in this context.