Sunday, January 22, 2023
Cairo – (AA):
Today, the meeting of the regular session (51) of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Communications and Information was held, headed by Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, which was organized by the Technical Secretariat of the League of Arab States, headed by Ambassador Dr. Khaled Wali, Director of the Communications and Information Technology Development Department, and in the presence of representatives of member states in the Executive Office, which It includes 8 countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Yemen, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the smart village.
Dr. Amr Talaat stressed that this meeting represents a rich opportunity to follow up on what has been achieved during the past period, and to set common visions and goals that are compatible with Arab efforts during the coming period. Noting the importance of the role of the communications and information technology sector in the development process as an essential element in supporting the development plans of the Arab countries, and a driving force for efforts to build a diversified competitive economy based on innovation and knowledge; Pointing to the rapid movement in this sector, which requires the adoption of an active course of action in parallel with the successive and continuous changes.
Dr. Amr Talaat added that the past period witnessed many global changes, in addition to a number of developments that occurred in the communications and information technology sector at the global level, which contributed to highlighting the centrality of the communications and information technology sector in the advancement of national and regional societies and economies. Praising the results of the joint Arab action, which witnessed remarkable achievement and tangible diversity in a number of issues of common interest, through the work of the Permanent Arab Committee for Communications and Information, the Permanent Arab Committee for Post and the work teams emanating from them.
Dr. Amr Talaat congratulated the brotherly Arab countries for participating in the system of international events with a global dimension and for winning the membership of the International Telecommunication Union Council for the period 2023-2027, as well as winning the membership of the Radio Regulations Council. 2022 issued by the Universal Postal Union; He stressed Egypt’s keenness to support all relevant Arab nominations in international forums.
Dr. Amr Talaat referred to the Arab efforts to finalize the preparation of an Arab strategy for communications and information that is consistent with the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as standing on the priorities of digital development plans at the national level for various Arab countries, praising the activities of the agencies that have observer status in the work of The Arab Council of Ministers for Communications and Information, whose efforts contribute to achieving the common Arab vision, which has been elaborated accurately and consistent with global trends in an Arab strategy for communications and information.
Dr. Amr Talaat also congratulated the Permanent Arab Committee for Post in light of the completion of the review of the methodology of the specialized technical working teams and the convening of the teams; Noting that Egypt will host the Arab Stamps Exhibition this year; Stressing support for the efforts made by Arab postal institutions to enhance the role of technological development in postal activity.
Dr. Amr Talaat thanked the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers for Communications and Information in the League of Arab States for its fruitful efforts during the last period, as well as everyone who contributed to the recommendations that will be read to the office regarding issues of national and regional priority.
Dr. Amr Talaat indicated that the Arab Council of Ministers for Communications and Information will hold its meeting tomorrow, with the participation of 11 ministers. This confirms the importance of the issues raised in the council meeting.
And in his word; Dr. Nizar Ben Naji, Minister of Communication Technologies of Tunisia, praised the unified Arab position that emerged during participation in a number of relevant international conferences, indicating that the national strategy for digital transformation 2025 was formulated within the framework of the government’s major reform program, taking into account the forward-looking vision of Tunisia 2035 related to digital development. .
Dr. Najeeb Mansour Al-Awaj, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Yemen, stressed the importance of enhancing means of joint cooperation between Arab countries in all fields of communications and information technology, and supporting Arab nominations in relevant international forums.
Dr. Isaac Sidr, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Palestine, also thanked Egypt for its efforts in hosting the meetings of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Communications and Information. praising joint Arab action in the field of communications and information technology; He also praised the efforts made by the League of Arab States.
This was witnessed by the meeting; Adopting the report and recommendations of the 50th meeting of the Permanent Arab Committee for Communications and Information, and the results of the 42nd meeting of the Permanent Arab Post Committee.
The meeting touched on a number of topics related to cybersecurity and issues related to Palestine. The meeting also discussed the Egyptian paper on the path of contributing to the drafting of the Global Digital Compact with the aim of circulating it to Arab countries and relevant Arab and international organizations to express their vision and invite Arab countries to start preparing for the path with their permanent missions to The United Nations, and it was emphasized that the Arab countries or relevant organizations were invited to organize the fifth session of the Regional Forum for Arab Digital Content during the year 2023.
During the meeting, the participation of the Digital Cooperation Organization as an observer in the meetings of the Arab technical working groups related to its activities was welcomed. The Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Communications and Information thanked the countries that participated in the Arab Digital Capital initiative, which is an initiative aimed at supporting Arab youth through communication and information technology technologies and enriching creative work, creative thought and entrepreneurship in the field of communications and information technology. Countries to run for hosting the Arab Digital Capital for the year 2023.
attended the meeting; Representative of the State of Palestine, Dr. Isaac Sidr, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, a representative of the Republic of Yemen, Dr. Najeeb Mansour Al-Awaj, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, a representative of the Republic of Tunisia, Dr. Nizar bin Naji, Minister of Communication Technologies, and a representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mansour Al-Qurashi, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Director General of International Affairs, a representative of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Sidi Moulay El-Zein, Secretary General of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernization of Administration, a representative of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Amine Said, Minister, Chargé d’Affairs at the Algerian Embassy in Cairo, and a representative of the Kingdom of Morocco, Hisham Ould El-Sawy, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to League of Arab States.
The meeting was also attended by an Egyptian delegation headed by Dr. Sherif Farouk, Chairman of the National Postal Authority, with the participation of Eng. Hossam El-Gamal, CEO of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and Ahmed Saeed, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Economic and Statistical Affairs.