The Samena Policy Board which includes representatives from Batelco, Türk Telekom, Etisalat, Omantel, PTCL, Orange Jordan, Qtel, Viva Kuwait, Bravo and Saudi Telecom, guides, advises and adopts strategic positions on issues arising within the ICT industry, both regionally and globally, for the benefit of the Council and its members.
Samena’s Policy Board is an executive non-working group comprising of selected senior officials of the Samena Council Board of Director companies and a limited number of other key Samena operator members, to be designated directly by their respective Directors or Chief Executives on a one-to-one company basis, as well as a small number of advisors to the Council and a Samena Council staff liaison. The Policy Board will work actively with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors in the prioritization of the impact issues of the industry.
Newly appointed Chairman to the Samena Policy Board, Dr. Mustafa Aykut said, “Samena has achieved a great capacity by extending its reach to the significant ICT players in a region covering South Asia, Middle East and North Africa in a relatively short period. It is now time to transform this capacity to an active capability by being effectively involved in crucial issues of the sector worldwide. The Policy Board Committee of Samena will use its ability to help the members highlight the common interests as a single voice and generate optimum approaches having interactions with the stakeholders at national and international platforms.”
On her appointment as the Vice Chairperson, Bernadette Baynie said, “Samena appreciates and values the important role that it performs on behalf of its members. It strives to be a leading and quintessential voice for them on significant telecommunication issues that impact their market presence and operations. The vision of the Policy Board is to ensure that comprehensive policies are introduced in a timely manner which optimize telecom operators and service providers expansion of next generation access across the Samena region and beyond and enable them to establish new cutting edge business models that compliment technological advancements in the industry.”
Thomas Wilson, Chief Executive & Executive Managing Director of Samena Telecommunications Council said, “The Policy Board is highly indicative of the importance of Policy for Samena’s membership and the industry itself, to address the consensus needs of the industry. We at Samena are looking forward to the leadership on the Policy activities of the Samena Council.”
The Samena Policy Board has the authority to co-ordinate and supervises the activities of the Council’s working level committees and working groups. It is intended that by virtue of their reporting relationships to the Samena Council Board of Directors and positions within operator members, the nominated representatives of the Policy Board Members will have the ability to identify, develop and propound important telecommunications policy and address important regulatory issues of common interest to the Samena Council membership and the authority to express on behalf of their member companies whether the Council should take a public position on important issues such as International Telecommunication Regulations, Net Neutrality, Building a Suistainable Internet Business Model, as well as supporting industry best practice ICT Telecom Policy, specifically towards the development of available Broadband Infrastructure.
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