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    Egypt Unanimously Elected as Chair of ATICM Executive Bureau for Two-Year Term

    Cairo, 29 November 2018

    Egypt, represented by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, has been, unanimously, elected as the Chair of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers (ATICM), for a two-year term. ATICM Executive Bureau meets twice a year to discuss the most relevant topics at the Arab and international levels.

    The election was held during the 22nd session of ATICM meeting, taking place at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States (LAS), with the participation of Arab ICT ministers and heads of delegations from Arab countries.

    During the meeting, Talaat delivered a speech in which he highlighted the significance of joint Arab action to implement the Arab initiatives during the next four years. These initiatives aim to enhance confidence in the use of ICT as a driver of sustainable development, referring to the honorable Arab representation at the regional and international levels, to support sustainable development in the Arab world, and to benefit Arab citizens. He stated that Egypt is to host the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Sharm El Sheikh in October 2019.

    During his speech, the ICT Minister pointed to the significance of collective action at the regional and international levels in achieving comprehensive digital transformation. He highlighted the significance of the optimal use of the tools of industrial development, namely the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), based on the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other modern technologies. These technologies can contribute to developing Arab cities to become enabled smart cities for creative young people with entrepreneurial capabilities. He called on participants to unite efforts to achieve their full potentials related to ICTs, create an Arab bright future based on sustainable development goals, and aspire to the optimal utilization of all human resources.

    Talaat reviewed the developments in the Egyptian ICT sector, which include the development of an efficient and secure telecommunications infrastructure that provides access to all and covers all the country's areas. Through this infrastructure, high-quality digital government services can be provided. In addition, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is keen on developing young people's digital skills in the fields of modern technologies and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

    On the other hand, Talaat, being the Chair of ATICM previous session, handed over the chairmanship of 22nd session of ATICM meeting to Palestine.

    The current session reviewed the outcomes of the meetings of the specialized technical working groups in the ICT and post fields through the outcomes of the meeting of the Arab Permanent Postal Committee (APPC), held in Alexandria in July. The most prominent outcomes were the report and recommendations of meetings of the Arab postal work groups and the initiative of issuing the unified Arab stamp in 2019.

    The meeting also discussed the outcomes of the 43rd meeting of Arab Permanent Committee for Information and Communication Technology, including the outcomes of the meetings of the Committee's working groups, the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18), and the Arab project on regional interconnection of Internet networks within the Arab region.

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