The United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), chaired the 28th Meeting of the GCC Committee of Postal and Telecommunications Undersecretaries. The meeting discussed a number of topics, including the unified draft law regulating the activities of private companies and institutions working in Express mail and parcels, and a study to reduce the prices of interconnections between the GCC states.
In his opening speech, H.E. Eng. Majed Al Mesmar, TRA Deputy Director General for the Telecommunication Sector, welcomed the participants. He said: “This meeting is held in exceptional circumstances, as the world is still suffering from the pandemic that imposed unprecedented restrictions on the movement of people and disrupted many daily activities, which necessitates constant comprehensive review of plans, projects, programs and strategies.
And if pandemics have occurred since the beginning of human history, today, the telecommunication sector is playing a vital role in the battle of life. We have lived this great transition to virtual space as a kind of adjustment to crises, so we turned our attention to communication through the available digital channels, and applied remote work and distance learning, as well as the commerce activities whose digital platforms flourished during the last months ".
The meeting addressed the conclusions of the previous meetings, and stressed the circulation of the unified draft law regulating the activities of private companies and institutions working in Express mail and parcels, by the Secretariat General, to the heads and postal entities in the GCC states, with the aim of obtaining the approval of Member States, in preparation for its submission to the Ministerial Council.
The committee discussed the report submitted by the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding a study of reducing the cost of interconnection between the GCC states, stressing the importance of this topic. The committee suggested the formation of a team to prepare a study on reducing the prices of international connections between the GCC states. The committee recommended the formation of an interim team to study the current situation in relation to the prices of international connections.