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TRA Participates in 33rd Meeting of the Arab League Permanent Committee for ICT

posted on 17/10/2013: 2692 views


The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) took part in the 33rd meeting of the Arab League's Permanent Arab Committee for Information and Communications Technology. As the highest supervisory panel for advanced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the Arab League Secretary General, the group submits its recommendations and resolutions to the Council of Arab Ministers of ICT.

The meeting was arranged due to the need of the Arab Group to combine preparatory efforts ahead of what will be a critical twelve months in the international ICT calendar. Discussing preparations of the specialized Arab team groups responsible for organizing their involvement in next year's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference was especially important. The ITU events are the World Telecommunication Development Conference scheduled to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh in April and the Plenipotentiary Conference scheduled in South Korea in October.

Nasser bin Hammad Director of International Relations Authority who headed the United Arab Emirates delegation, said "The Arab Committee discussed a number of important topics of which Arab cooperation in the field of ICT was included. Members worked together to develop appropriate recommendations in preparation for the submission to the Council of Arab Ministers of ICT through the Executive Office. Numerous Arab projects and their developments were addressed including the initiatives on e-Governance and the project's top-level domain name. Arab'. Also, recommendations were made on the unified mechanism of Arab nominations and elections in upcoming ICT conferences." TRA participates regularly in the meetings of this committee, for the importance of the work it does in crafting the policies and guidelines for some of the most critical ICT issues in the region. The discussions that take place at the Arab League Permanent Committee for ICT meetings are fundamental in TRA's mission to safeguard the future of the ICT sector in the Arab world.

The TRA were successful in preparing a number of working papers handled by the Committee under its terms. One of the most important papers studied the mechanism used to nominate members of the Arab leadership ITU positions during the upcoming elections; the most significant of which being the Plenipotentiary Conferences for the Post of Secretary General of the Union, Deputy Managers and the Director positions of the three sectors (Standardization, Radio and Development) in addition to elections for membership of the Council of Union Radio Regulations.

The TRA also proposed a working paper on the Statute of the Council of Arab Ministers of Telecommunications and information, particularly focusing on Article 13 that describes the functions and the Presidency of the Permanent Arab Committee where TRA presented the proposal on the chairmanship of the Committee of the Permanent Arab Telecom permanently for a specific time period instead of the presidency on a regular basis by all countries.

Representing a collective of experts from a range of countries, the ICT Arab League Permanent Committee for ICT was formed as part of an initiative from the Council of Arab Ministers of ICT for the Arab League and its Executive Office. The mission of the committee is to discuss the topics presented to the Executive Office and the Council of Arab Ministers of ICT. Convened twice a year, the Arab League Permanent is held prior to the meetings of the Executive Office and the Council of Ministers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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