Press Release

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority PARTICIPATES IN SAMENA LEADERS’ SUMMIT

Al Mansoori: The ICT sector was supportive of all sectors during the pandemic, through which we were able to work remotely, study remotely, sell and buy on digital platforms.
- We began preparing our future strategies and operational plans, which put us at the heart of building for the next 50 years

The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority , participated in the Leaders’ Summit organized by SAMENA Telecommunications Council, under the theme “Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality”, with participation of several key decision makers from various regulators in the ICT industry, as well as presidents and CEOs from the private sector.

The Leaders’ Summit, sponsored by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, focused on the role of broadband networks and advanced digital technologies, such as cloud communications, IoT and AI in achieving the globally defined sustainable development goals, driving digital economic growth and developing a sustainable digital economy.

In his speech at the beginning of the summit, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Director General, welcomed the attendees, stressing the importance of this event by adding: “We have agreed in previous conferences that we are living in the ICT age and emphasized its significance in supporting and driving development in various spheres, including health and safety. This has been confirmed by the events of last year, and thanks to the significant progress in the ICT sector, today we can innovate, adapt and continue our lives with equal efficiency. Thanks to ICT, a school year was safely finished, and we continued our government work without interruption, and millions of people were able to fulfil their needs through digital commerce platforms."

His Excellency added: “Since the ICT sector is the key driver of all digital transformation strategies including the digital government, our wise leadership entrusted us with the task of the UAE digital government, and bestowed us a new name — the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. We see that change as a responsibility that cannot be disregarded, as we began preparing our future strategies and operational plans, which put us at the heart of building for the next 50 years. As you know, UAE is preparing today to embark on a new journey into the next 50 years toward the 2071 Centennial Vision, which is based on innovation and digital transformation for the happiness and wellbeing of every person living in this generous country.

This year’s sessions of SAMENA’s Summit addressed lessons learnt from past year that have been a driving force for achieving digital transformation and stimulating digital economic growth to get life back on track. The meeting stressed the need for the commitment of all countries of the world to support the development of a sustainable digital economy.

It also stressed that the post-pandemic world needs an innovative approach that would achieve economic recovery, improve wellbeing, make businesses smarter and create a more inclusive world in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and prosper. This requires everyone to cooperate and coordinate more than ever before to forge new partnerships and bridge the digital divide by strengthening cooperation at the national, regional and global levels.