Telecom regulatory issues discussed
Kuwait, September 5, 2013
Leading telecommunication companies from Kuwait met to discuss issues related to the regulatory trends and case studies in the region recently.
The South Asia, Middle East, North Africa region’s Samena Telecommunication Council in partnership with VIVA Kuwait, held its Regulatory Summit titled ‘Regulation 4.0’ with the main theme of ‘Toward a Healthy Sustainable Regulatory Environment for All Stakeholders,’ at the Regency Hotel Kuwait.
The discussed issues included: regulatory trends and case studies from the Samena region; efficient implementation of policy and regulatory frameworks digitization; opportunity to foster growth; public and private sectors partnership and an approach to accelerate broadband development.
The key aspect of Regulation 4.0, therefore, is a more dynamic regulatory framework which is based on creating a more flexible environment; promoting an integrated market; granting access and designing clear net neutrality rules; shifting the focus of national regulators towards new challenges (such as quality monitoring); establishing dynamic efficiency as the center-pieces of regulatory policies; strengthening technological neutrality as a basic principle.
Issa Al Kandari, Kuwait’s Minister of Communications, said: “There is an urgent need to create a true solid partnership between the public and private sector as the private one has improved its major and important role in providing a quality services especially in what concerns telecommunication technologies.”
“The Government strives to provide an attractive environment to encourage investments in the telecommunication industry as being one of the fundamental basis that indicates the level of technology and development any country obtains”.
CEO of Samena Council, Bocar BA, said: “The summit’s main goal is to find new approaches, which improve investment activities and provide more flexibility while maintaining and even fostering competition.” - TradeArabia News Service