Draft Regulatory Sandbox Framework

Regulatory Sandbox framework (draft) of RURA, the utilities regulator (including telecommunications and information technology) of Rwanda. An excerpt of the draft framework is as follows:

Reference is made to article 129 of Law N°24/2016 of 18/06/2016 governing Information and Communication Technologies especially in its paragraph 7, requesting the regulator to: "encourage investment and innovation in information and communications technologies, for the promotion of electronic transactions" Reference is also made to article 130 of Law N°24/2016 of 18/06/2016 governing Information and Communication Technologies, determining responsibilities of the Regulatory Authority in relation to information society issues.

This Sandbox Framework is especially intended for the following: 1. A ground-breaking innovation which is a new, or products or services significantly different from products which complies with all relevant regulatory requirements; 1. Institutions wishing to pilot and launch their technological innovations that aren't addressed by current regulations issued by RURA; and 2. Fintech products or services, sharing economy products or services, and other technological innovative solutions in relation to the current regulated sectors.

Background and Purview of RURA

Law Nº 09/2013 of 01/03/2013 establishing Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and determining its mission, powers, organisation and functioning. This Law gives to RURA the mandate to regulate:

  • Telecommunications, information technology, broadcasting and converging electronic technologies including the internet and any other audiovisual information and communication technology;
  • Postal services;
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy, industrial gases, pipelines and storage facilities;
  • Water;
  • Sanitation;
  • Transport of persons and goods;
  • Radiation Protection; and
  • Other public utilities, if deemed necessary.

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2017
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority)

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