Minister of Communications: The Arab Communications Strategy is a roadmap for bridging digital divides

And in his speech during the meeting; Dr. Amr Talaat announced the adoption of the Arab Strategy for Communications and Information; Stressing that the issues raised in the document of the Arab Strategy for Communications and Information will serve as a road map on the path of joint Arab action in projects and initiatives to support the region, the citizen, the development path and bridge the digital divides; Expressing thanks to the Technical Secretariat of the League of Arab States and all Arab experts representing member states and regional organizations that have contributed over the past two years to this participatory work to reach a consensual formula for defining the scope of the strategy, measurable goals, and defining goals, taking into account the current situation through measurement and governance models. .

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Group photo of the summit

Dr. Amr Talaat praised the results of the work teams of the Permanent Arab Committee for Communications and Information, and the Permanent Arab Committee for Post, especially those related to preparing for the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union and those concerned with preparing for the Union Council; Dr. Amr Talaat congratulated the Arab Group on obtaining eight seats in the Federation Council, and three seats in the Radio Regulations Committee during the next four years 2023-2027; He expressed his aspiration that the Arab efforts at the international level will be crowned with the advancement and development of the sector in the Arab region and support for its role in serving the goals of sustainable development.

Dr. Amr Talaat stressed the importance of preparing with specific and open positions on a number of urgent issues that appear clearly on the scope of international and technical negotiations, on top of which are: emerging technologies issues such as metaverse in its various aspects, and strengthening the regulation of artificial intelligence to be consistent with global values, as well as financial technology, in addition to To topics related to the Internet such as supporting a secure Internet, digital access, ways to classify and make data available, and other topics; Referring to the Arab efforts to confront information technology crimes and to formulate a unified Arab position regarding developments in the development of an international agreement on combating the use of information and communications for destructive purposes; calling on the members of the Council and the organizations that enjoy the status of observers in the work of the Council for a serious dialogue and objective evaluation on these issues, which have become a top national and regional priority; He praised the Member States and organizations that have taken serious steps in this field, calling for sharing their experiences and expertise to spread the benefit to the Arab region.

Dr. Amr Talaat also stressed the importance of following up and engaging in the mechanisms of the League of Arab States and the paths of joint Arab action. He expressed his hope that the work of this twenty-sixth session of the Council would yield specific and meaningful results, in line with regional and international priorities.

Dr. Amr Talaat congratulated Ambassador Ali Al-Maliki, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs of the League of Arab States, on assuming this important position.

during the meeting; Ambassador Ali Al-Maliki, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs of the League of Arab States, expressed his aspiration for fruitful cooperation to support the process of joint Arab action and to work together to achieve a progressive shift for the Arab nation. Pointing out that the communications and information technology sector needs to pump more investments to develop infrastructure and achieve digital transformation, stressing the importance of developing human resources in the field of technology.

Dr. Isaac Sidr, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Palestine, affirmed Palestine’s commitment to being present in the Arab arenas alongside the brotherly countries. appreciating the Arab efforts that prioritize Palestinian issues; Noting that the Palestinian government pays attention to the communications and information technology sector and seeks to develop it; Pointing out that Palestine is full of minds, cadres and skills.

Dr. Nizar Ben Naji, Minister of Communication Technologies in Tunisia, referred to the axes of the ministry’s strategy, which include governance and review of legal and legislative texts regulating the digital sector, digital and financial integration, development of communications infrastructure, digital transformation of management, cybersecurity, capacity strengthening, strengthening Tunisia’s position as a land for digitization, development of A national program for artificial intelligence.

Dr. Muhammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi, Governor of the Communications, Space and Technology Commission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, explained the importance of strengthening the means of joint Arab cooperation in the digital field, so that the present is prosperous and the future is bright, stressing the Kingdom’s continuation to harness all its capabilities and expertise in this regard; In order to ensure the provision of distinguished services and innovative digital technologies to achieve the aspirations of leaders and peoples.

Eng. Majed Al-Mismar, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Digital Government in the United Arab Emirates, praised the Arab efforts in joint coordination during the international events held over the past year within the activities of the International Telecommunication Union. Inviting members to participate in the work of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023, which will be held in Dubai during the last quarter of this year.

Saud Al Shairi, Director General of Policies and Governance and Head of the National Space Program at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the Sultanate of Oman, explained the most important achievements within the framework of the Muscat Digital Arab Capital file for the year 2022, which included several aspects, including legislative aspects, adoption of digital platforms, expansion of the infrastructure of the communications sector, capacity building and awareness raising. society the importance of digital transformation.

Sidi Moulay El-Zein, Secretary General of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Modernization of Administration in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania referred to the national vision for Mauritania and the adoption of the national agenda for digital transformation in line with the goals of digital development; Appreciating the goals of the Arab Digital Agenda and the proposed measures to achieve these goals; He expressed his aspiration to consolidate a common strategic vision for cybersecurity in the Arab region, and to enhance joint Arab action.

The meeting witnessed the adoption of the Arab Strategy for Communication and Information, which is the result of the work of experts from Arab countries in cooperation with the League of Arab States, ESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), and a number of international organizations. The strategy includes 5 axes:

• National, regional and international strategic frameworks (developing comprehensive strategies for digital development)

• Infrastructure and the legal environment (enhancement of cooperation between Arab countries to provide and improve communications services and regional digital services, develop the structure of Internet networks and the interconnection structure at the national and regional levels, activate electronic signature services and electronic transactions at the national and regional levels, protect personal data of users, and enhance cybersecurity ).

• Digital economy, employment and trade (encouraging investment in information and communication technology sector companies, activating research and development in the field of information and communication technology, monitoring the contribution of the information and communication technology sector to the national economy, promoting the introduction of information and communication technology in the work of the various productive sectors, and promoting exports of goods and services Information and communication technology in the Arab countries, and the expansion of the electronic commerce market).

• Digital transformation and social inclusion policies (providing affordable access, maximizing the use of information and communication technology in the education and health sectors, and the integrated development of e-government infrastructure and services in the Arab countries).

• Cultural and media policies (promoting Arab cultural and media content on the Internet, activating the registration of domain names in the Arabic language, maximizing the benefit of social media while limiting the negative impact that it may cause).

The meeting also dealt with the results of the 42nd meeting of the Arab Post Committee, and the 50th meeting of the Permanent Arab Committee for Communications and Information. The report and recommendations of the 50th and 51st sessions of the Executive Office of the Arab Council of Ministers for Communications and Information were approved.

It was also agreed to form the executive office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Communications and Information in its next session, where it was announced that the United Arab Emirates would be chosen as the head of the executive office, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the deputy head of the executive office. It was also announced that Jerusalem would be chosen as the Arab digital capital 2023.

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