The United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), participated in the 23rd meeting for GCC Telecommunications, Information Technology and Post GCC Ministers Committee.
The meeting, led by H.E. Ahmed Eissa Al Kandari, Kuwaiti minister of Transportation and attended by number of ministers and officials in the GCC countries, recently took place in Kuwait. H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA, headed the UAE delegation with participation from Emirates Post, where discussions listed in the event meeting agenda touched on a number of important issues related to ICT and the postal sector in the gulf.
During the meeting, the committee discussed a number of important topics including a unified GCC draft law that regulates businesses and activities within the private sector of the postal industry that handles express courier services, freight and parcels. The committee also viewed the report that was submitted by the Kingdom of Bahrain that presented the arrangements carried out on behalf of the GCC countries. The report included topics on the participation in the International Stamp Exhibition under the name of ‘GCC Postage Group for Arab Gulf Countries’ and the decision came to participate under the same name in the next session of the exhibition that will take place in Dubai next December.
From a Telecommunication standpoint, the committee agreed to coordinate with the Arab Group and the rest of the regional groups to support the nominations submitted by GCC countries including UAE, Bahrain, KSA and Kuwait in the board of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The committee also agreed to nominate Eng. Nasser Bin Hammad, Senior Manager, International Affairs from the UAE to the membership of the Radio Regulations Council as part of the preparations for the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which will be held in Busan, South Korea between October 20th and November 7th 2014.
Furthermore, the ministerial committee has entrusted the Secretary General to prepare a proposal at its next meeting on the structure and functions of the Ministerial Committees and they listened to proposals from GCC countries. With regards to the international roaming rates between GCC countries, the ministerial committee highlighted the need to complete the study on roaming prices and start a new comprehensive study on 3G and 4G mobile networks and send the final recommendations to the Secretary General.
Moreover, Fadi Shehadeh, Chief Executive Officer of ICANN, presented a report about the steps taken to change the corporation into an international organization, which was welcomed by the attendees.
In this regard, H.E Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), said, “We are pleased to join this meeting with GCC Telecommunications, Information Technology and Post Ministers Committee, which represents a good opportunity to enhance cooperation among GCC countries within this field. It helps us exchange experiences and opinions and unify efforts to achieve our goals within this industry. This will enhance GCC’s contribution in developing these industries on an international level. We wish all GCC countries more success and prosperity in their upcoming participation at the ITU plenipotentiary conference that is taking place in South Korea in October this year.”
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