In recent times, Sierra Leone has witnessed rapid development in the Telecommunications industry ranging across from mobile companies to radio and TV stations. With the emerging expansion and improvement in the telecommunications industry there was a need for the Government of Sierra Leone to create a body known as the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) to regulate and manage telecommunications activities in the country.
NATCOM is a statutory body established by the Telecommunications Act 2006 (amended in 2009) to license and regulate the Sierra Leone telecommunications sector, protect consumer interest and ensure fair competition among service providers. The Commission since its establishment crafted the strategic direction that it should adopt with a clearly stated Mission and Vision to surmount the various challenges in the telecoms industry so as to catch up on time lost in its late establishment as a national regulatory authority.
As a way of improving the systems and processes of NATCOM and making the institution more financially prudence, the Ministry of Finance (MoF), engaged the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU), to conduct a Management and Functional Reviews (MFR) for six Extra Budgetary Agencies, with the final reports for the reviews to be submitted on or before the 31st August 2018. The six Extract Budgetary Agencies are as follows: