On 1st of July 2007, Damascus hosts the meetings of the 22nd Session of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers. This will be followed directly with the 11th Meeting Session of The Arab Telecommunications & Information Council of Ministers during the period from 2 to 3 July 2007.
This session will handle a number of topics, most importantly the following:
- Developing the Arab telecommunications and information strategies in line with the requirements of the Information Society World, and in a way that establishes a competitive market for a state-of-the-art Arab Information Society at a high quality.
- Funding and the measures needed for the activation of domain names in the Arabic language. It is noteworthy that Cairo hosted the Meeting of the Working Group of Domain Names Arabization in May 2007.
- Studying, in a precise manner, the development attained in the activities and works of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers.
- Preparing for the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) that will be held in Geneva this year.
- The Council’s financial accounts of the previous year, and finding out the best funding systems of the activities and programs during the coming phase.
It is worth mentioning in this respect that Egypt participated effectively in drafting a proposal of the Arab General Telecommunications and Information Technology Strategy. Egypt headed the Working Group mandated to draft this strategy that envisaged the Arab Strategy during the next five years (2007-2012).
Also, Egypt has interest in the activation and development of all cooperation aspects between the Arab countries in a way that becomes Egypt’s pioneering role in the Arab World and its faith in the values of effective cooperation. Egypt, represented by HE Dr. Tarek Kamel, the Minister of Communications and Information technology (MCIT), chairs the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers. For more information, please visit the Council’s website:
What is The Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers?
First: The Council’s Establishment:
The Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers was established in 1991 as one of the Councils affiliated to the Arab League. In 2002, the Arab League issued Resolution 6241 that set forth the establishment of the Council comprising the Ministers of ICT in the Arab countries under the name of “the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers”. The Resolution detailed its regulations and the aim of its establishment in addition to the competences mandated thereto. Chief among them are the following:
1. Laying down an Arab strategy for the development of ICT sector with the aim of establishing communications within different parts of the Arab World and between it and other parts of the World in addition to the development of the ICT Society.
2. Promoting the Arab ICT Society and developing the technical means and aspects pf scientific research in this field.
3. Exerting all efforts to unify the legislations, systems and terminologies related to ICT affairs, and approving unified technical standards.
4. Approving the plans, programs, studies and researches of ICT sector.
5. Coordinating efforts in order to unify the stances of the Arab countries in the International Organizations.
6. Exchanging expertise in ICT sector.
To review the Resolution, please visit the following URL:
Second: the Organizational Chart:
The Council comprises the Executive Bureau, the Technical Secretariat. Then, they divide into two main Committees: The Arab League Permanent Committee for Communications and Information Technology and the Council’s Technical Secretariat. Each Committee branches out into a number of Working Groups .
To review the Org Chart, please visit the following URL: