The United Arab Emirates (UAE), through The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) participated in the Arab Preparatory Meeting responsible for the region’s preparation for the ‘World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) 2014′ to be held in the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 30th until April 10th.
The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCIT) in Egypt hosted the meetings on March 2nd – 3rd with the presence of 13 Arab states in addition to the General Secretariat of the Arab League and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU Arab Regional Office) and the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (Tunisia). The UAE delegation was led by Engineer Nasser Bin Hammad, Senior Manager International Affairs with the participation of a number of concerned entities in the country.
During the meeting, each of the Emirati, Egyptian, Omani, and Algerian Administrations submitted a number of working papers that shed the light on many of the sectors most topical issues in addition to the consideration of the latest research from the ITU Telecommunications Development Sector (ITU-D). These papers were discussed and reviewed by the participants and many of which were approved.
The meeting comes as one of a series of important gatherings held in order to define a shared Arab vision regarding participation in this significant global event. WTDC is held every four years with the last edition in Hyderabad taking place in in 2010.
“The UAE prioritizes the efforts of unifying the visions and positions of Arab countries and the regional ICT entities ahead of significant events of this nature. These meetings are critical in that they both strengthen and unify the region’s interests on the global stage and in turn, contribute to conveying our views on the future of the sector,” commented H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General.
“Hosting a global event of this significance for the first time in Dubai is a testament to the confidence entrusted in the UAE – represented by TRA – by ITU, its 193 member states and over 700 ITU sector members. Hosting this event proves once more the UAE’s ability to organize key global ICT events and gatherings. We look forward to welcoming delegates, our colleagues from right across the world and representatives from both the public and private sector to this pivotal international forum,” he added.
With regards to the structure of the coming conference, Engineer Nasser Bin Hammad, the head of UAE delegation, clarified that the UAE has submitted eight working papers during the meeting. One of which highlighted the importance of Arab coordination when it comes to the conferences’ committees and work teams.
The head of the delegation stressed the importance of cooperation and unifying efforts between the Arab Group and the presidency of each team on the work of these committees and their respective roles during the conference. Moreover, the attendees were informed of the nominations received from the Arab Group for the various positions to be elected, including the specialized study committees at the Telecommunication Development Sector namely: Committee I and Committee II, as well as the Advisory Group for the development sector.
The Arab group supported the UAE’s nomination of Engineer Nasser Al Marzouqi, representative of the UAE at ITU, for the position of vice chairman at the second study committee for the period (2014 – 2018) and Major Mohamed Al Mazrouei from the Armed Forces, for the position of Vice Chairman of the Advisory Group of the Telecommunication Development Sector for the period (2014-2018).
In terms of logistics preparation , Eng. Nasser, ITU Key Communications Coordinator clarified that all the ITU requirements in preparation for the conference including logistics, organization, protocol, and media are to be accomplished in collaboration with the concerned parties namely, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior , Dubai Police, the Public Administration of the Critical Infrastructure Protection authority and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.