SAUDI ARABIA. SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that, in collaboration with Saudi Arabia's Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC), a regional regulatory conference will be held in Riyadh on 12thApril, 2017.
Both SAMENA Council and CITC have centered the agenda of the regulatory conference on regional digital transformation and on fostering the understanding of evolving dynamics of the ICT environment.
Following close communication with the CITC on holding this important regional event, Bocar BA, chief executive of SAMENA Council, stated that "SAMENA Council, as an industry body and a sector development partner, feels privileged to closely work with the CITC on unearthing practical ways for the Private sector and Government sector to work together; undertake both physical and intellectual forms of collaboration; and align future work to realize digital transformation for the benefits of the citizens and of the business. Saudi Arabia's socio-economics is undergoing a major change, which will have an impact all around the region. By conducting this regional activity in Riyadh, SAMENA Council looks forward to supporting the Saudi Vision 2030 in all ways possible."
The Governor of CITC, after welcoming such regional regulatory conference, stated that "The Commission is fully supportive of dialogue, means and ways that will contribute in the development of the ICT sector. Saudi Arabia recognized the importance of the ICT sector at an early stage in the industry’s development. Together with the Ministry, CITC has actively pursued the development of an environment aimed at encouraging investment and increasing the efficiency of the national economy.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 enhances this through the identification of long-term goals, reflecting the strengths and capabilities of the Kingdom’s ICT sector. By holding this regulatory conference, which has importance for the entire GCC region, the Commission aims to encourage regulators to seek development of synergies across the regulatory frameworks. This can accelerate the introduction of new technologies and services, and can help us all meet successes in digital transformation."
The regulatory conference will discuss the best practices related to digital transformation and the challenges and opportunities in Digital Switchover. It will also bring insight into many aspects of the future of mobile market competition, technologies and services. Such areas have to be looked into with depth and should accommodate the imperatives to also address underlying industry needs that revolve around digital services.
Photo Caption: Bocar BA, chief executive of SAMENA Council
About SAMENA Telecommunications Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is South Asia - Middle East - North Africa (SAMENA) region’s premier industry association of telecom operators and service providers. SAMENA Council voices network operators’ issues and needs to regulators, policymakers, and international institutions. The largest regional telecom groups, including Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Batelco, Ooredoo, Viva Kuwait, Orange Jordan, Turk Telekom, Zain, Omantel, among other leading operators and technology companies, are a part of the Council’s membership. SAMENA Council is a sector development partner to the private and the public sectors, and believes in bringing all stakeholders closer together to help create a sustainable business environment for the industry, and to accelerate digital development in regional economies.
As an international non-profit organization, SAMENA Council is contributing to the understanding of cross-stakeholder priorities within the Public and the Private sectors. The Council has created a unique regional position as the regulatory reach and operator advocacy organization, with institution-level engagements with leading private and public-sector organizations. SAMENA Council was founded in 2006. In February 2016, Saudi Telecom Company, represented by Dr. Khaled Biyari, became the chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council.
About Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is the information and communications technology sector (ICT) regulator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Telecommunications Act (enacted in June 2001) and its Bylaws (issued in July 2002) provide the basis for regulatory framework of the sector.
The Act includes a number of objectives, including: provision of advanced, sufficient and affordable communications services; creating the proper climate to encourage fair competition; utilizing frequencies efficiently, transferring telecommunications technology and keeping breast with its developments, and realizing clarity and transparency in processes procedures, in addition to achieving the principles of equality and non-discrimination and protecting the public interest as well as the interests of users and investors.