10 September 2015
Egypt Partakes in Second Meeting of ITU-D Study Group 1

Egypt, represented in the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), will take part in the second meeting of ITU-D Study Group 1 held on September 14 -18 in Geneva, Switzerland under the theme "Enabling Environment for the Development of Telecommunications/ICTs.” The meeting aims to progress the work of the Questions under ITU-D Study Group one, review the work accomplished to date and decide on measures needed to ensure that the Rapporteur Groups achieve the expected results as agreed by WTDC-14.

ITU-D Study Groups provide an opportunity for all Member States and Sector Members—including Associates and Academia—to share experiences, present ideas, exchange views and achieve consensus on appropriate strategies to address ICT priorities. ITU-D Study Groups are responsible for developing reports, guidelines and recommendations based on input received from the membership.

One of the scopes of STUDY GROUP 1 on "Enabling environment for the development of telecommunications/ICTs" includes  the national telecommunication/ICT policy, regulatory, technical and strategy development which best enables countries to benefit from the impetus of telecommunications/ICTs including broadband, cloud computing and consumer protection as an engine for sustainable growth.

Egypt is one of the oldest members in the ITU; it has 16 sector members from the private sector in the council. It is also a founding member of the “Partners to Connect the World” Initiative and it chairs the ITU Council Working Group on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs).

Egypt is an active participant in the ITU-D activities and it has succeeded in establishing the first regional subgroup in SG2. This, in turn, further enhances the regional presence of ITU and increases its involvement with developing countries in Africa and the Arab World.

Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.
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