Communique: ITU, United Arab Emirates sign new partnership framework

New initiative aims at boosting ICT connectivity across the Arab region

Geneva, 5 November 2015 – ITU has signed a new partnership initiative with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates aimed at providing a framework for increased cooperation to carry out joint projects in the area of ICT development in the Arab Region.

The new agreement was signed on 3 November in Geneva, with an initial contribution from TRA of CHF 150,000.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao welcomed the new partnership, commenting that “The UAE is a true global centre of innovation and is the ideal partner to work with ITU to spread access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and ensure that all people, no matter where they live, can benefit from the opportunities offered by ICTs. We look forward very much to developing exciting new initiatives with the TRA team.”

Hamad Al Mansouri, Director General of the TRA, stated: “Today marks another important milestone in the relationship between the ITU and the TRA as we sign a very significant framework cooperation agreement to provide project-based assistance to developing and Least Developed Countries in the field of ICTs. We look forward to working together with ITU in the implementation of this agreement, and to continue supporting ITU in its vision to connect all the world’s people.”

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