WASHINGTON – (CI Africa ) (Updating on May 8 to include video interview with Somali Finance Mohamed Ibrahim) Telecom Italia, the listed Italian telecommunications group, discussed options regarding submarine fiber optic cable links between Somalia and Saudi Arabia at the IMF World Bank annual meeting.
[Somalia Finance Minister Mohamed Ibrahim speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass on Somalia private sector and Telecom Italia at IMF World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. April 16, 2016]
During a meeting with than Somalian Minister of Finance and Planning Mohamud H. Sulieman, Telecom Italia head of Global Partnership Program discussed the company’s plans to participate in building a cable connecting Somalia and Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting Telecom Italia, Minister Sulieman said he was open to working with Telecom Italia as part or separate of the EASSy, the 10,000 km submarine cable connecting east and south coast of Africa and owned by a consortium made up of African telecommunications companies and international operators such as MTN International, France Telecom and Saudi Telecom.
The Somali Minister of Finance requested technical assistance by Telecom Italia regarding tax collection from mobile phone companies operating in the country.
Minister Suleiman said the country is currently not able to trace cell phone usage in the country and whether Telecom Italia could help bring Italy’s Guadia di Finanza, or Italian State Revenue Office to the country for government to government assistance.
By PK Semler and John Dodds in Washington, DC.
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