National Media Council and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) sign MoU

WAM ABU DHABI, 30th July, 2013 (WAM) — The National Media Council and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in areas relevant to the two parties.

The Memorandum provides a general framework to organise and coordinate the relationship between the Council and the Authority in the areas of technical, legal and licensing procedures and mechanisms that are related to the issuance of media licenses concerning radio and television broadcasting, both with regard to the frequencies that are specific to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority or licensing and content of the media, which falls within the purview of the National Media Council.

The MoU, which was signed at the Council’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, included providing the mechanisms of application submission, meeting the data and licensing requirements and issues related to the two parties’ respective field of work, in addition to the exchange of knowledge and institutional experiences at all levels in accordance with the legal systems, and to create a unified database that includes all data, information and documents relating to the common areas of work to ensure easy access and updating.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said, “We in the TRA are keen to strengthen cooperation with the National Media Council with whom we share a common vision to achieve sustainable development in the UAE and we are confident that this cooperation will contribute to the continuous development of the media sector in the UAE, to highlight our achievements at home and abroad. ” Mr. Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, thanked Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, emphasising the close cooperation between the TRA and the NMC since its inception, noting that the memorandum is only documenting the cooperation which has existed between the two parties for some time.

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