Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai held a meeting with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deputy secretary-general Malcolm Johnson in Doha on Wednesday.
Johnson’s visit is in line with CRA’s aim to communicate and cooperate with related Arab and international organisations and to present the latest developments in the ICT sector in Qatar, in addition to discuss ways of developing Qatar’s contribution to the ITU.
“The CRA welcomes ITU’s visit. We ensure that Qatar leads in the ICT field at the regional level. To this, the CRA maintains regular communications with the ITU to discuss bilateral cooperation and to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the ICT sector.
“This, in turn, helps us to develop the sector, taking into consideration international best practices and standards, and to ensure the provision of smart, innovative, and high-quality services to the consumers in Qatar,” said al-Mannai.
As part of the visit, Johnson also met with the telecommunications service providers to have a look at the latest technologies, developments, and achievements in the ICT sector. He also met with some academic entities and discussed the importance and role of education in the development of the ICT sector.
“We had a fruitful discussion on a range of issues during my visit, including opportunities for sponsorship and donation for the new ITU headquarters. I look forward to a continued collaboration as Qatar seeks to boost its digital economy through the development of its information and communication technology sector in line with international standards. We are confident that working with ITU and its increasingly diverse range of members will benefit Qataris across the country in the years to come,” said Johnson.
The ITU is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies. The ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU membership includes 193 member states, in addition to ICT regulators, many leading academic institutions and some 700 tech companies.