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Dr. Tarek Kamel Reelected as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Office of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers (ATICM)
7/7/2010


Egypt was reelected as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Office of the Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers in continuation of its membership of the Council for the last four years.

The ATICM, at the end of its 14th round, adopted the project of the Arabic generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and representation of the Arabic generic top-level domains in Arabic language on the Internet.

Moreover, the Council adopted the establishment of a follow-up unit aiming to represent the Arab identity on the Internet and augment the Arab digital content. This would increase the Arabs' access to the Internet throughout the whole world, enhance the establishment of the Arab Information Society and bridge the digital gap.

The Council approved the results of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) and the Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit.

The Council called for the increase in the fund of the ATICM's technical secretariat and the usage of the expected future income surplus in the Arabic generic top-level domains (gTLDs) project. This income surplus would cover the expenses of the follow-up unit to be established in the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States (LAS).

In addition, the surplus would fund the future regional projects and initiatives serving the Arab strategic objectives of Information and Communications Telecommunications until 2012.

ATICM assigned its general secretariat to pass the final version of the draft Request for Information For the Management of the Internet Generic Top Level Domain: “.arab” and '.عرب' prepared by the project's steering committee to the Executive Office members to approve it. Moreover, it assigned the general secretariat to request the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to deal with LAS as an organization representing a geographical region just as the organizations affiliated to the United Nations.

The Council agreed to approve the executive procedures of express mail development in the Arab region and to assign to the technical secretariat to distribute them to postal administrations so that they would be effective starting from the first of August 2010. In addition, the technical secretariat would distribute the executive procedures of parcels service development in the Arab region to postal administrations so that they would be implemented starting from August 2010.

The Council agreed to the Arab Post Development Working Group's call regarding the preparation of a strategic plan for the Arab post sector (2012-2016) through the regional strategic objectives of the Arab region and the outputs of the Strategic Conference of the World Mail Union and the Arab roundtable.

The Council approved the study submitted by the Arab Post Development Working Group on the regional strategic objectives of the Arab region. Moreover, the Council agreed to its submission to the strategic roundtable in the interest of the Arabic Group that would convene in due time in order to enable the postal administrations to arrange their priorities regarding the World Mail Union strategies. It would further encourage innovation and origination in the Arab postal sector.

A proposal would be drafted regarding the funding of prizes and contests, then it would be submitted to the next meeting. Proposals and suggestions related to customs facilities of postal items in the Arab region would be submitted as well.

ATICM assigned the technical secretariat to distribute the main principles of the Arab final expenditures system to Arab postal administrations in order to enable them to present their vision and suggestions to the technical secretariat regarding the preferential ratios. These ratios would be submitted to the coming meeting of the Final Expenditures Working Group, calling the Arab postal administrations to pay their payments and contributions in the establishment of a Palestinian exchange and assortment center in addition to the exchange of postal shipments with the Palestinian posts.
The Council approved the report and recommendations of 27th meeting of the Arab Permanent ICT Committee concerning the appointment of experts from ICT entities in Arab governments (and not experts from the private sector) as chairmen of the Working Group affiliated to the Committee.

In addition, the Council agreed to the Arab administrations' call concerning the establishment of testing centers of transition from IPv4 to IPv6 technologies. Furthermore, the Council agreed to call the Arab administrations that already had testing centers to be linked together through coordinating efforts with the Arab Working Group for domain names and Internet Affairs and the Arab Permanent Group for Standardization. Moreover, the Council agreed to the Arab administrations' call to make the strategic documents and the projects (serving their objectives) available on the websites of official ICT entities. Furthermore, the approved measurement indicators of the progress achieved in strategies implementation would be updated.

The Council approved the results of telecommunications and media experts joint meeting, most importantly, contribution to the activation of the website of the Arab Media and ICT Decimal Participatory project launched by the Ministries of Information, Communications and Culture in Syria.

The Council approved the report of the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs on the Council's account and the formation of the executive office. In addition, the Council approved the preparations of the Plenipotentiary Conference that would be convened in Mexico in November 2010. The Council agreed to support the Arab candidates nominated to the Union's posts and membership of its council and the activation of the Union's role and mandates toward the Arab countries that needed the re-construction of their ICT sector.