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MENAFN Press - 29/12/2013

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(MENAFN Press) For three days in a row, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosted the Arab league task force responsible for the region's participation at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP 14), which takes place once in four years. ITU will be hosted in Busan, South Korea in October 2014.

The inaugural meeting was led by Eng. Nasser Bin Hammad, Director of International Relations and was attended by representatives from fifteen government agencies in the telecommunications sector in the Arab countries, which numbered meet fifteen Arab league countries, including representatives from each countries telecommunication agency. Additionally, the meeting was attended by delegates from the International Telecommunication Union, the Arab Network for regulatory authorities, the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Secretariat of the Arab League.

Mr Wonki Min, President of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP 14), participated at the meeting as a guest of honour. In his opening remarks, Mr Min appreciated the strong international presence of UAE in the telecommunication industry and noted the distinctiveness of the preparations undertaken by the South Korean government to host this global event.

At the side-lines of the meeting, HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA held bilateral talks with Mr Min and discussed matters related to the upcoming conference, coordinating the efforts for international cooperation and joint action required to stimulate future growth of the telecommunication industry.

In his speech, Mr Wonki Min, President of the ITU PP 14, said: "The International Telecommunications Union plays a vital leadership role in the development of the information and communication technology that reshapes the face of this world, whether it is the launch of the phone 120 years ago, or with regards to the digital era in which we live today. The International Telecommunications Union is the primary institution that provides guidance in strengthening the connectivity across the world through the development of effective policies with the help of proposals submitted by countries at the event."

In his opening remarks, HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA, emphasized the significance of Mr Min's presence at the Arab league pre-preparatory meeting, He also recognized the important role the task force played in the research and discussion phase of the ITU PP 14 that will enable the Arab league to put forward a strong performance at the event. Additionally, he highlighted that this step comes in line with the UAE's effort to build stronger ties with various international industry entities and government bodies around the future growth of the global telecommunication industry.

Eng. Nasser Bin Hammad, Director of International Relations and Chairman of the Arab league PP 14 pre-preparatory task force said: "As a part of our inaugural meeting, the Arab league has reached a host of important decisions and has put forward preliminary recommendations for the upcoming event. This includes the coordination mechanism for the task force, methodology to be adopted while working with other regional groups and activating the participation if the leadership team in Asian, European and African groups."

The meeting also discussed a number of issues related to the development of a unified Arab vision aimed at strengthening the presence of the Arab region at high-profile global events such as the International Telecommunication Union conference. This move is aimed at raising the profile of the region by encouraging Arabs to work in leadership positions in the International Federation board, and to enable these Arab candidates to gain the support of the Arab league as per the coordination mechanism recently proposed by the United Arab Emirates.

The three-day meeting concluded with discussion of the work schedule for the second Arab league task force meeting, which will be host in the Kingdom of Bahrain in May 2014. The next meeting aims to discuss further vital details of the league's participation at the ITU PP 14.

About Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
The TRA is building the core ICT regulatory framework for the UAE's burgeoning knowledge economy. ICT development underpins economic growth and social advancement, and is a critical pillar in the nation's broader 2021 Vision. The TRA supports the UAE's ICT sector by safeguarding competition to protect the interests of subscribers, enhancing the readiness of e-services, encouraging investment, innovation and development, whilst facilitating a broader ecosystem for human capital development. For more information about the TRA, please visit: www.tra.gov.ae This press release is for information purposes only and has been released on behalf of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.


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