ME telecom leaders gather to discuss regional initiatives

The event was organised by the ITU Arab regional office
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.
Haoulin Zhao, secretary general at the ITU.

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Key stakeholders from across the Middle East’s telecoms industry gathered in Amman recently for the International Telecommunication Union’s Arab Regional Development Forum which was held under the theme “Broadband for sustainable development”.

Organised by the ITU Arab regional office, the forum discussed the five Arab regional initiatives approved by the World Telecommunication Development Conference held in Dubai in April 2014. These initiatives focus on the areas of broadband, cyber security, ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) for the environment, smart learning, and ICTs for persons with disabilities.

Brahima Sanou, director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, said : “The Dubai Action Plan sets out a road map for ITU-D’s work and a shared vision to make a tangible difference to people’s lives. Regional Initiatives guide BDT, Member States and Sector Members in implementing specific projects that focus on the priority needs of each region. I call upon all our members and partners to join forces with BDT to implement the Regional Initiatives.”

Ibrahim Nasser Harb, chairman of SAMENA Council’s Regulatory Working Group and chief legal and regulatory officer at Orange Jordan, added: “In providing an interactive framework for regional stakeholders to outline a set of shared goals and work collectively towards their achievement, the Arab Regional Development Forum serves as a catalyst for not only the development of the Middle East’s telecommunications sector but in bridging the digital divide existing in our societies.”

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