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Showcasing its key 2020 projects Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Participates in WSIS Virtual Exhibition

Majed Al Mesmar: The UAE projects nominated for WSIS Prizes 2021, reflect the image of the UAE as a futuristic country with plans inspired by the values of tolerance and global interaction.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is participating in the virtual exhibition of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as a platinum sponsor of the event. The Authority showcases a number of its most important projects and initiatives of 2020, which witnessed unprecedented measures due to the global pandemic.

This exhibition constitutes an ideal opportunity for stakeholders to communicate, learn and establish partnerships, as this year's virtual exhibition provides a space for partners and exhibitors to display their services, products and projects and provide opportunities for communication through the virtual platform of the World Knowledge Summit.

In his opening speech, H.E. Eng. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General of the Telecommunication Sector, congratulated the ITU for the exhibition opening, which constitutes a clear indication of the determination of the ITU Member States to maintain the continuity of life despite the global pandemic. He said: “The UAE is a futuristic country, its plans are inspired by the values of tolerance, global interaction and humanity. This is evident in the UAE projects nominated for WSIS Prizes 2021, which we invite you to review and thank you in advance for your interaction with these projects.

We are proud to share our achievements in the field ICT, through which we aim to achieve people’s happiness and the UAE’s prosperity. The world has witnessed the launch of Hope probe, and its mars orbit insertion, in a project that is the first of its kind in the Arab region. Hope Probe project, and the UAE Space Program in general, are examples of initiatives that rely mainly on advanced science and digital technologies, and aim to enhance the role of science and knowledge in achieving our national goals.”

During the exhibition, visitors learned about the projects of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the past year, as the Authority showcased its initiatives in responding to COVID-19, in addition to the UAE’s success in being the first Arab country and the 5th globally to reach Mars. The Authority also showcased the UAE Hackathon and using open data for the service and happiness of the community. The exhibition visitors got acquainted with the training programs offered by the Virtual TRA Academy, in addition to UAEPass project, “Sannif” initiative for electronic games, and the UAE digital lifestyle pursued.

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2021 is the largest global annual gathering of the "ICT for Development" community. The WSIS Forum, co-organized by the ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, has proven to be an effective mechanism for sharing knowledge and best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multi-stakeholder partnerships and public and private partnerships to advance development goals.