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    Egypt Partakes in OECD-WPSPDE Meeting

    Date published: 29 October 2017
    Egypt, represented by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), will participate in the meetings of the Working Party on Security and Privacy in the Digital Economy (WPSPDE) on October 30-31, organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.

    The SPDE develops public policy analysis and high-level recommendations to help governments and other stakeholders ensure that digital security and privacy protection fosters the development of the digital economy. It gathers policy experts from OECD member and partner governments as well as business, civil society and the Internet technical community to share experience on better approaches to security and privacy in an open and globally interconnected environment.

    SPDE delegates come from various government bodies with an interest in the economic and social aspects of information security and privacy. Non-governmental stakeholders participate actively in the dialogue through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) and the Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). WPSPDE meets twice a year in Paris and organizes a number of workshops and conferences.

    Egypt have participated in the previous years’ WPSPDE meetings. NTRA participation in the meeting is significant since it can keep up with trends of policy makers and exchange experiences. NTRA aims to participate in analyzing the impact of technology on information security and developing privacy policies, and to learn about the legally non-binding instruments adopted by the OECD Council. This is in addition to keeping Egypt's leading role in the Organization.

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established in 1961, and includes 34 Member- States. OECD aims to assist states to increase their economic growth, employment rates and the trading volume between member and non-member states. Egypt joined OECD as a permanent observer at the ad hoc committees of the Organization in 2007.

    OECD plays an important role in the ICT sector service through the preparation of studies and research that help governments in comparing different policy experiences and find solutions to common problems. This is in addition to its role in coordinating the domestic and international policies of the countries and identifying good practices.

    MCIT joined OECD in 2008 as it represents Egypt in the Committee for Information and Communication and Computer Policy which is known now as the Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP).

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