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Today, the meeting of the (50th) regular session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information was held under the chairmanship of Dr Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, hosted and chaired by the Arab Republic of Egypt under the umbrella of the League of Arab States, with the participation of Ambassador Dr Khaled Wali, Director of Communications and Information Technology Department of the League of Arab States. In the presence of representatives of member states in the Executive Office, which include: the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Tunisia, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Republic of Yemen and Palestine, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the Smart Village.
In his speech at the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Amr Talaat stressed that the rapid technological developments necessitate the need to strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation between member states and the exchange of experiences and visions to maximize the role of communication, information technology and post in the Arab countries in order to keep pace with technological progress on an ongoing basis, and to improve capabilities to address global challenges. He pointed out that this regular meeting had become an ideal opportunity to share experiences and discuss key developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas in the fields of communication, information technology and post in order to meet the general aspirations. to take advantage of digital technologies. to achieve the essential interests of the Arab peoples.
Dr. Amr Talaat added that the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information is seen as the platform through which the development of the Arab ICT sector and the development of postal institutions in Arab countries are launched. Points to the crucial role of postal systems in the Arab countries in achieving digital inclusion, supporting e-commerce efforts, encouraging small and medium business owners and small suppliers; calls for the provision of integrated support to this important institution, especially in view of the growing role it plays; praises the results achieved by the Arab Group by winning awards from the International Express Mail Cooperative for the year 2021; As well as what the postal institutions have achieved with the design of a unified Arab seal for 2022, bearing the slogan of the Arab Summit, which will be held in Algeria next November. He also praised the International Stamp Exhibition held on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo in the sister United Arab Emirates last January.
Dr. Amr Talaat referred to the united Arab position that emerged during participation in a number of relevant international conferences, including the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly last March in Switzerland, as well as the active Arab participation in the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Rwanda last June, where a common Arab vision was formulated through the acceptance of the Arab priorities for the coming years represented in digital transformation, capacity building, entrepreneurship and cyber security. The victory of Arab candidates to chair two committees in the standardization sector and a committee in the development sector, in addition to the position of vice-chair of a number of committees in the two sectors; Point out that the office will discuss Arab preparations for participating in relevant international conferences.
Dr. Amr Talaat also praised the activity of regional offices and agencies that enjoy observer status in the work of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information, and their active participation in supporting joint Arab action. As well as its active role in collaborating with regional organizations in the development of the Arab strategy for communication and information; Expresses its gratitude to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) for its tireless efforts to crystallize an Arab digital vision in line with the demands of the times; He stressed the importance of sharing a united Arab perspective that includes a collective attitude towards global challenges, including the transition to a green economy, and the fight against cybercrime in all its forms.
Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that Egypt handed over the torch of the Arab digital capital to the Sultanate of Oman months ago, within the framework of choosing Muscat as the Arab digital capital for 2022 to succeed the new administrative capital.
Dr. Amr Talaat also thanked the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information and all those who contributed to come up with recommendations related to issues of national and regional priority.
The meeting dealt with a number of topics, in particular the review of the results of the work of the 41st meeting of the Arab Post Committee and the 49th meeting of the Permanent Arab Committee for Communication and Information. stakeholders in the field of communication and information technology.
A number of topics related to cyber security, the digital economy, issues specific to Palestine, and the Arab Digital Capital Initiative for the year 2023 were also discussed, as well as a number of proposed initiatives by Arab countries.
attended the meeting; Dr Ishaq Sidr, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in Palestine, Eng Najib Mansour Al-Auj, Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Republic of Yemen, Mohamed Ben Youssef, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in Egypt and Permanent Representative of the Arab League States, Ahmed Al-Tazi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco and Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States, and Dr. Sherif Farouk President of the National Postal Authority, Engineer Hossam El-Gamal, Executive President of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Adviser Amin Said, Ministerial Adviser at the Algerian Embassy in Cairo, Ing. Information and Communication Technology of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA).