East Africa to start cross-border phone tapping
Tuesday April 26, 2016 - 08:13:00 in Wararka by SA-Wararka Caynaba News
Kampala (CYN).Leaders of the four countries that form the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative have agreed in principle to start monitoring cross-border phone calls. Leaders of the four countries that form the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative have agreed in principle to start monitoring cross-border phone calls.
The leaders of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda, at the recent 13th Summit in Kampala, directed their respective ministries in charge of information communication technology (ICT) to procure traffic monitoring systems for detection of what they term fraudulent or grey calls.
The four leaders are Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Kiir was represented by his economic affairs adviser Aggrey Tisa Sabuni.
The leaders said procurement of the monitors must be fast-tracked in order to deal with such calls.
The true extent of fraudulent calls was not readily available by the time of filing this report, but James Mugume, the permanent secretary in Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says dealing with fraudulent calls is meant to reduce the risks of doing business.
The directive by the Northern Corridor Summit follows the signing of a data sharing and access agreement between the four countries.
This implies that any of the partner states will be able to gain access to data in the possession of a sister state, although the real terms under which that can be done is not yet clear.
The leaders have also directed the ministers of ICT, finance and the central bank governors to expedite the harmonization of the Northern Corridor cross-border mobile financial services operations.
According to Mugume, once operational, the partner states will be able to use mobile money as a one network system. Presently, the four countries operate the mobile money system on individual national basis.
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