The UAE TRA hosted a two-day series of meetings dedicated for reviewing and assessing the Networked Readiness Index. The meetings were chaired by H.E. Majed Al Mesmar, deputy director general at UAE TRA, and they were attended by many entities and companies, representing both the public and private sectors throughout the nation.
The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) represents a measure of the readiness of the country to make use of the opportunities and take advantages of information and communication technology in achieving economic and social development.
The NRI is made up of four main components: the regulatory and business and innovation environment; readiness, which includes the ICT infrastructure, affordability, skills; usage by individuals, businesses, government, and the ICT sector; and finally the social and economic impacts of ICT.
The TRA initiatives, related to the NRI service, include the introduction of competition in fixed-line services and further promoting competition in the mobile services, enhancing business environment, and carrying out ICT survey.
"These meetings come within the framework of our continuous cooperation and coordination efforts with our partners in both public and private sectors, and in compliance with our commitment to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, launched in 2010. The vision aims to reinforce UAE’s status among the best and most advances countries in the world by 2021. This vision serves as a long-term roadmap for sustainable development in the UAE, measuring and assessing performance indicators of key national priorities and comparing UAE ranking in global indices,” said Al Mesmar.