TRA accelerates preparatory planning ahead of the UAE Participation in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014

WAM ABU DHABI, 22nd December 2013 (WAM) — : U.A.E. Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has hosted a coordination meeting in its Abu Dhabi headquarters as part of the telecoms regulator’s continuous effort to advance the level of cooperation between UAE government entities and to form a �national team’ to consolidate its strategy ahead of a strong participation in the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (ITU PP14) which will be convened in Busan, South Korea in October 2014.

Representatives of various government entities, including the Armed Forces; the Ministry of Interior; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the nation’s licensees Etisalat and du took part in the meeting.

RTA said the main purpose of forming a �national team’ is to support the nomination of the UAE, represented by TRA, to membership of the next ITU Council and also the UAE nomination to join the Radio Regulation Board.

The ITU PP14 conference is a globally significant event, organized by the ITU and held every four years. The event sets a roadmap of ITU’s overall strategy for the coming four years in all matters relating to budget, strategy, responsibilities and the election process of candidates from the 193 member states for union’s leadership positions, leadership councils and working committees.

TRA meeting started with a quick overview on the conference and its importance to the United Arab Emirates, in addition to the roles and responsibilities of the national team and the tasks assigned to it, besides an overview of the most important items on the conference agenda and the activities and sessions held ahead of the conference. A quick overview was delivered to the “consultation” document on the protocol of cooperation between the TRA and the concerned entities regarding international representation in the ICT sector.

Commenting on the preparatory meeting, HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA said: “These coordination meetings come as part of our on-going effort to enhance collaborative efforts between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and aid preparations ahead of the upcoming Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea. Ultimately, this meeting builds on the positive momentum generated in previous sessions and develops the recommendations made in both the last Arab Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministerial Council meeting, held in Algeria in October and the GCC Ministerial Committee for Communications and Information, held in Bahrain, in September.” The meeting’s agenda included studying the arrangements for the UAE (represented by the TRA) hosting the first meeting of the GCC working group which will be held in Dubai from 22 to 23rd December, ahead of the start of the first meeting of the Arab working group in charge of preparations for the Plenipotentiary Conference, to be held between the 24th and 26th of December, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Festival City, Dubai.

Eng. Nasser bin Hammad, Senior Manager of International Affairs in TRA, said, “The next meeting of Arab representatives in preparation for PP-14, held in Dubai, will be a significant occasion where no less than fifteen Arab countries will be taking part in addition, representatives of the ITU including the Director General of the Arab Regional Office of the ITU in Cairo and the Director General of the Telecommunications Bureau at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Representatives of the Turkish Administration will also be present as well and the candidate of the South Korean government for the Presidency of the Busan Conference.” He added, “Our meeting with the government entities is an important step that supports the participation and presence of the UAE in the Plenipotentiary Conference, the largest ITU strategic conference held in South Korea. Moreover, this initiative comes in line with our mutual coordination efforts and the continuous cooperation between the TRA and the UAE government entities. Effective collaboration is essential in this respect as we collectively work towards presenting the UAE ICT sector in the best positive light on this global stage.” WAM/MMYS

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