The Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Act, 2001 (PURA)

Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

o Provides guidelines on rates and fees for the provision of regulated public services;
o Examines rates and fees chargeable for the provision of regulated public services;
o Protects the interest of consumers and of public utilities;
o Monitors and enforce standards of performance by public utilities;
o Initiates and conduct investigations into standards of services by public utilities;
o Promotes fair competition among public utilities;
o Conducts studies relating to economies and efficiency in the provision of regulated public services to consumers;
o Collects and compile data on regulated public services and their provision
o Provides advice in respect of regulated public services and their provision;
o Maintains a register (which may be in electronic form) of public utilities and the services they provide;

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

* Guidance and framework for the media and other sectors (IT / digital)
* Media Regulation
* The liberalization of the telecommunications and broadcast sector is underway with the granting of new private radio and TV licences. Digital migration is almost complete, opening up new spaces on the frequency spectrum for better broadband services and scope for increasing the number of TV channels available.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Funded by license fees from media houses and GSM companies. Value Not known.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partner
Gambia Press Union
Ministry of Information and Communication
Artistic organisations
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)