May 09, 2011
The 29th meeting of the Arab League Permanent Committee for Telecommunications and Information was held at the headquarters of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority from May 1-2, 2011 in Abu Dhabi. Twelve Arab states participated. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Arab League Secretary General, representatives of the International Telecommunication Union Arab Regional Office, and representatives of the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization in Tunisia. The meeting was held one month prior to the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers meeting to be held in Lebanon in June.
Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General said, “By hosting this meeting, the TRA reaffirms its commitment to Arab efforts in the field of telecommunications and to providing cutting-edge telecommunication services to the people of the Arab World”.
The meeting was headed by Engineer Nasser Bin Hammad, the TRA’s Senior Manager of International Affairs. 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 topics on the meeting’s agenda.
Primary among topics on the agenda were the committee’s recommendations to be presented next month at the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers meeting in Lebanon.
The recommendations included an early and active Arab preparation for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly to be held next November, Arab participation in the functions of the International Communications Conference to be held November 2012, and Arab preparations the World Radio Communication Conference to be held early next year. The committee also discussed other important topics like Comprehensive Internet Access Points Project and the Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project.
Another significant result of the meeting was the adoption of the UAE proposal to establish a temporary Arab team to prepare for the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) 2012. In addition, the committee recommended forming a team from the International Telecommunication Union-Arab Regional Office in Cairo to prepare for the Arab Regional Conference on Connectivity to be held in Qatar. The Arab League Secretary General will forward the committee’s report and its recommendations to the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers.