UAE TRA to join Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Regulator will also participate in next gathering to be held on 26 September 2015.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, UAE TRA director general.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, UAE TRA director general.


The UAE General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) will join the high-level Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

The regulator received a formal invitation from His Excellency Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, delivered on behalf of His Excellency Houlin Zhao, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) secretary-general and Her Excellency Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO.

The invitation also includes a participation in the commission’s next gathering to be held on 26 September 2015 in the U.S.A New York city.

The commission is one of the joint-international committees between the ITU and UNESCO that aims to boost the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda and expand broadband access globally to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

“The UAE works on offering all the tools, techniques, laws, regulations and policies that include offering broadband services which contribute towards the desired digital transformation through the TRA. The success witnessed by the UAE in terms of e-government was the beginning and the paradigm shift toward smart government which exemplifies the success of the digital revolution in the United Arab Emirates,” said H.E. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Qamzi, chairman of the TRA.

“This digital revolution would not have become a reality without the clear vision of the UAE’s wise leadership that is aware of the importance of investing in this important and vital sector. It is also a testament to the complete trust and strong conviction in the people of the UAE’s ability to achieve great things in this field and to become an example to follow at the regional and international,” added Al Qamzi.

“This choice demonstrates the international telecommunication and information technology community’s trust in the UAE’s pioneering and central role in this field. This trust is built upon the strong and varied initiatives that were proposed by the country represented by the TRA which aim to develop the ITU’s efforts and strengthen its position as the international organization responsible for telecommunication and information technology globally. This trust was also reinforced through the UAE’s hosting of several ITU conferences which resulted in the implementation of several laws and regulations that serve to spread digital literacy across the global community,” said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA director general.

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