First meeting of Regional Group for Arab States on economic and policy issues

The ITU-T Study Group 3 Regional Group for the Arab States (SG3RG-ARB) has kicked-off its work with a first meeting in Manama, Bahrain, 28-29 October 2013, appointing its management team and providing participants with tutorials on the priorities and working methods of its parent group, ITU-T Study Group 3 (Economic and policy issues).

 The meeting was hosted by Bahrain’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and 15 countries were represented at this first meeting of the group, which had its formation agreed in line with a contribution from Egypt at the last meeting of SG3, 27-31 May 2013.

SG3 provides a unique global forum to improve understanding of the financial and economic aspects associated with the growth of ICT, particularly with respect to the shift to IP-based networks and the exponential rise in mobile wireless communications. The needs of developing countries are an important focus of the group and an Ad-Hoc Group on developing-country issues meets at every meeting of SG3.

Within ITU-T Study GroupsRegional Groups aim to ensure that ITU’s global standards (ITU-T Recommendations) address the needs of all the world’s regions. They are key mechanisms in coordinating a region’s contributions to SGs’ standardization work, and SG3 now includes four such groups: for Arab States (SG3RG-ARB), Africa (SG3RG-AFR), Asia and Oceania (SG3RG-AO), and Latin America and the Caribbean (SG3RG-LAC). 

SG3RG-ARB’s management team, agreed at its meeting in Manama, is as follows:  

Chairman:
Mr Ahmed SAID – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Egypt)

Vice-Chairmen:
Mr Adel DARWISH – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Bahrain)
Ms Zeinab Mudathir HAGAZ – National Telecom Corporation (Sudan)
Mr Abdelkhalek BOUJNAH – Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (Tunisia) 

More information on ITU-T Study Group 3 can be found here…

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