A high-level delegation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is representing the UAE at the 2016 session of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which was opened on May 25, 2016 and will run until June 2, 2016 at the ITU’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The TRA is an elected member of the council, which is composed of 48 member countries out of the ITU’s 193 members.
This is third time the UAE to be elected and its eleventh time to participate in the council sessions— demonstrating the UAE’s leading position across the international telecommunications industry and a reflection of the global appreciation for its contributions towards development and humanitarian causes.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA’s Director General, who is heading the UAE delegation at the sessions, has announced that the UAE will be hosting the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference in 2018 in Dubai.
The conference is an important gathering wherein participating members will elect the ITU’s high management, including the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Directors for Radio Communications, Standardization, Development, members of the council and 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board.
During their participation at the sessions, the TRA presented an input contribution that highlights the significance of smart transformation in the election process adopted by the ITU.
In its presentation, the TRA urged the ITU to take a more proactive step by shifting its gears from traditional election practices to utilizing the latest technological advancements to implement a smart electronic election process that is in compliance with set international smart guidelines and regulations.
The 2016 Session of the ITU Council includes discussions on key topics related to the telecommunications segment, particularly across general policies and strategy.
The committee's various working groups is also expected to present their reports on timely issues like the results of the implementation of the outcomes from the previous World Summit on Information Society and Sustainable Development, international internet related public policy issues and their activities, strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, child protection online and the official use of six languages for the ITU. Other points to be discussed include the scheduling of future conferences, assemblies and meetings of the union and presentation of other reports for approval by the council.
“The UAE continues in its move to take proactive and innovative steps in the telecommunications industry, which is reflected in our active participation in global industry related events, hosting various forums and show of support for ITU activities and initiatives. We look forward to the next council sessions and affirm our continued commitment to support them in their endeavors, especially in the efforts to achieve sustainable development goals,” said Al Mansoori.