Global role for TRA Bahrain chief
Manama, December 21, 2013
TRA Bahrain chief Dr Mohammed Al Amer has been elected as the new chairman of the Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPM) co-ordination meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which was held in Geneva recently.
This came in recognition of the Kingdom and TRA’s initiatives and leading role in regulating the telecommunications sector and stimulating competition and investment at the local level as well as its effective contributions at both the regional and international levels through its participation in international events and hosting of conferences and meetings where decision-makers meet, said a Bahrain TRA statement.
The annoucnement comes ahead of the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14) which will be held from March 31 to April 11.
In his opening remarks, Brahima Sanou, the director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau said the purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the outcome of six RPMs held in preparation for WTDC-14.
The six meetings were as follows:
The regional preparatory meeting for CIS region, Chisinau, Moldova, in February this year, the regional preparatory meeting for Asia and the Pacific region, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in May, The RPM meeting for the Americas, held in Montivideo, Uraguay in August, The meetings of the Africa region in Accra Ghana and the Arab states region in Manama during October 2013 and the RPM for the Europe region in Belgrade, Serbia.
On his election to ITU, Dr Al Amer said: "It is an honour and great opportunity to be elected chairman of this important, global meeting, which is a significant achievement for TRA and Bahrain. Each meeting had agreed upon objectives; The Arab Regional Initiatives in particular, are intended to address the specific ICT priority areas through partnerships and resource mobilization to implement small- medium- and large scale projects."
"Under each Regional Initiative, projects will be developed and implemented to meet the region's needs," he added.
The ITU, through the Telecommunication Development Bureau, organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference every four years. The Telecommunication Development Conferences serve as forums for free discussion by all concerned with the Development Sector.
In addition, they review the numerous programmes and projects of the Sector and BDT. Results are reported and new projects are launched. The World Conferences set the agenda and the guidelines for the following four-year cycle, while the Regional Conferences review "work-in-progress" towards the overall objectives and ensure that goals are met.-TradeArabia News Service