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UAE highlights success stories WSIS Forum 2012 Country Workshop in Geneva

posted on 17/05/2012: 1580 views



The UAE delegation at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012 has the opportunity to highlight its significant achievements during the country workshop held on May 15, the second day of this prestigious international event, in Geneva.

"The UAE has achieved several milestones with regard to the implementation of the WSIS action lines. Covering a spectrum of development from education to capacity building, the UAE has moved upwards in the ranks to reach its current elevated status on several different fronts. As a strategic partner for the WSIS Forum 2012, we are leading our region by example. Through our participation and strategic partnership, other Arab nations are coming forward and will continue to do so to join this global initiative to lessen the gap between the developed and developing nations with regard to the information society," stated HE Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Director General and Chairman of the UAE WSIS National Committee.

The country workshop will be moderated by the Senior ICT Analyst at the TRA, Eng. Suleman Bakhsh. The workshop will address the many achievements that the UAE has accomplished including: eVoting, the Federal eGovernment Strategy, the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) Program, the Dubai and Sharjah eGovernments, Open Data, Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), Ankabut, the Ministry of Labour initiatives, child protection, environmental initiatives, humanitarian programs, and many other programs and efforts. To thoroughly address each of the achievements of the UAE, the country's WSIS National Committee has compiled and published its "Success Stories, Commitment and Dedication 2011-2012," which encompasses these efforts.

The international audience members comprising of delegations from member nations will hear from a panel of high profile speakers including: Engineer Mohammed Gheyath, Executive Director of Technology Development Affairs; Ms. Ohoud Ali Shehail, Director eGovernment, Sharjah, UAE; Mr. Shadi Zraiqat, IT Consultant, EIDA; and Eng. Mohammad Al Khamis, Manager of ICT Planning, TRA, UAE.

Commenting on the achievements and the significant role of the UAE, TRA's Senior ICT Analyst, Eng. Suleman Mohammed Bakhsh, Moderator of the Country Workshop, remarked, "The UAE has carried out many accomplishments with regard to ICT. Our Success Stories report details some of the key and remarkable initiatives; the country's overall achievement in the eGovernment dimension that is also illustrated in the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2012 , which indicates a large improvement in our rankings. I believe that the maximum potential from these achievements are yet to be realised, but as the community becomes more aware and involved in the efforts we have made and understand the resulting opportunities, we will begin to see an ever-more elevated level of performance and capabilities for the UAE."

The WSIS Forum 2012 is taking place from May 14-18, in Geneva, Switzerland, and is organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Conference of Trade '&' Development (UNCTAD).– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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