January 18, 2012
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), represented by Spectrum Management and International Affairs, hosted the 30th meeting of the Arab League Permanent Committee for Telecommunications and Information for the second time in a row,held on January8-9, 2012 in Abu Dhabi. The previous meeting was held on May 2011.
The meeting was headed by Engineer Nasser Bin Hammad, the TRA’s Senior Manager of International Affairs, and was attended by representatives of the Arab League Secretary General in Cairo, representatives of the International Telecommunication Union Arab Regional Office in Cairo, and representatives of the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization in Tunisia. The meeting addressed a wide spectrum of latest developments regarding theArab Team, which was commissioned forthe preparation ofthe World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC),and the Arab Team commissioned forthe preparation ofthe World Congress on International Telecommunication (WCIT). The Arab teamfor the WCIT wasrecently formed and chaired by Eng. Tarik Al Awadi, Executive Director of Spectrum and International Affairs, TRA. The meeting also discussed other important issues related to the telecommunications sector.
H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General said, “In line with our regional leading position in the ICT sector, and our endeavor to preserve this position and uplift this sector tothe highest level, the TRA is keen to host and take part in all events that help to promote the ICT sector in the Arab region, and to enhance the Arab collective work in order to achieve thishigh level of knowledge and expertise exchange. The TRA hosts this meeting for the second time in a row, and this is proof ofour efforts to cooperate with our Arab brothers withregard to this important and vital sector.”
“Witnessing thefundamental andaccelerated transformations that the international ICT sector is achieving, we believe that enhancing our Arab collective policies represents thefoundation stone for a solid infrastructure in the sector guaranteeing its growth and prosperity. During this year,we are looking forward toseveral events from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), for which we must thoroughly prepare in order to achieve the best possible outcome from our common interests in this regard,” Al Ghanim added.
The meeting also addressed the TRA initiative to manage and operate the Arab Top Level Domain ( .عرب ) and (.Arab), which was appreciated by the participating Arab committee members. This initiative has recently been lauded by the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers during their meeting in Lebanon, where they asserted on the exceptional importance it holds.
Mr. Bin Hammad welcomed the participating delegations to the UAE and wished them a successful and fruitful meeting. He also emphasized the importance of a collective Arab effort to address different topics related to the ICT sector in the Arab world.
“We are pleased to host this significant event in the UAE, the second home for all Arabs. This meeting has given us the opportunity to address the most important topics and the urgent issues put forth on all national, regional, and international levels within in the telecommunications sector. We are certain that such activities contribute to broadening expertise and knowledgeconsiderably, and serve as a platform that allows participants to look atthe latest inventions in this sector. The meeting also discussed measures taken around the globe, including the Arab world, which we can use to enrich ICT sectors in our countries, and leverage them to achieve technological leadership and advancement,” Mr. Bin Hammad said.
Concluding, Bin Hammad urged the Arab authorities to actively participate in the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) and the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), hosted by the UAE for the first time in the Middle East, to be held in Dubai on November 19th – December 14th, 2012.