Kuwait supports int'l network for securing telecom in disasters

KUWAIT, Jan 28 (KUNA) — Kuwait has expressed support for formation of an international network staffed by voluntary engineers and technicians ready to act rapidly in catastrophes.
Salem Al-Uthaina, Chairman of the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology, declared support for two initiatives, launched by the International Telecommunication Union, during the “2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016)” themed “saving lives,” He was speaking during conclusion session on Thursday.
The forum declared, on Wednesday, launching an initiative to set up a network of voluntary engineers and technicians, ready to help in catastrophes in a speedy manner. It also announced formation of an international fund for rapid response; tasked with securing communications in emergencies and chartering aircraft for speedy transfer of equipment to catastrophe stricken regions.
Al-Uthaina, in his address to today’s session, said the deliberations during the three-day forum were distinguished with “a spirit of cooperation.
“This spirit was manifested through constructive discussions that tackled topics of the agenda and issues of common concern reflecting peoples’ aspiration to see their souls saved at times of crises and catastrophes.” Participants in the forum exchanged views on proposed plans and means for safeguarding human lives during catastrophes. They addressed topics such as disaster preparedness and new developments in technology and innovation. The conferees from various countries included representatives of regional and national organizations, officials, private companies and academic figures. (end) mfs.jk.rk