Dubai to host ITU global summit
Abu Dhabi, March 2, 2014
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has selected the UAE, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), to host the sixth ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC).
The event which is held once every four years will take place in the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre from March 30 to April 10.The UAE has been selected to host WTDC 2014 as the result of a consultation process with all 192 UN Member States of the ITU and in accordance with the ITU’s constitution and convention.
“Chairing an event of this magnitude signifies the confidence that our ITU contemporaries have in the UAE’s ability to facilitate industry defining events with a global reach,” said Mohamad Ahmad Al-Qamzi, chairman of the UAE TRA.
“WTDC-14 will be the perfect precursor to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 to be held in October and will witness a nomination campaign for UAE’s membership in the ITU Council and Radio Regulation council. We look forward to our involvement in both events with great promise.”
“Adding an extra level of importance to proceedings, the conference will issue a document that will state the UAE as the hosting country for the next four years,” Al-Qamzi continued.
“It will also create a consolidated and internationally agreed action plan by all member states participating in the conference that will include the outcomes from the conference in addition to the resolutions and objectives set for the ITU efforts towards the development of the ICT sector over the next four years.
“We are more than confident that the preparations already underway by the TRA and concerned parties in the country and our partners will deliver an event that matches the significance of the occasion” he added.
“Broadband for Sustainable Development is the theme for WTDC-14 and will focus on the key development priorities in the global information and communication technologies (ICT) sector. ‘The Dubai Action Plan’ will be the outcome of WTDC-14 and will set the agenda for continued telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years.
“Work and coordination is already underway with the Dubai World Trade Centre on one hand and the International Telecommunication Union on the other in order to complete all regulatory procedures and protocols according to the hosting contract signed between the Government and the ITU,” he added.
Previously held in Hyderabad, India, WTDC takes place every four years and is designed to take stock of achievements in the ICT sector and sustainable development. – TradeArabia News Service