Within the framework of the meetings and events held by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which NTRA's experts are keen to attend, the first meeting of the ITU Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations (EG-ITRs) will be held on 9-10 February 2017, at the ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland with the aim of reviewing the International Telecommunication Regulations. The meeting is open to UTU member states and sector members.
It should be noted that the ITR-EG has been formed under resolution No. 146 issued by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Busan, 2014) conference delegates, and Resolution No. 1379 during the annual meeting of ITU Council which was held during last May. This Group is open for the participation of all Member States and sectors Members. It is commissioned with the review of ITRs, taking into account news trends in telecommunications and information and communications technologies, emerging issues and obstacles that may arise from the implementation of the 2012 ITRs and WCIT-12 Resolutions and Recommendations. It should prepare a progress report on its achievements to be submitted to the Council at its session in 2017. Moreover, a final report will be also submitted to the Council at its session in 2018 with the comments of the Council.
This meeting aims to discuss the possibility of updating the International Telecommunication Regulations which have been adopted in Dubai in 2012 and determine the revised texts, or the articles that should be added thereto.
It is worth mentioning that Egypt has a long standing role in this concern on the Arab and African levels as it has chaired the Council Working Group on ITRs in 2003-2005. Then Egypt took over the role of coordinator for the African and the Arab regions during the Plenipotentiary Conference in 2006. It should be noted that this will be taking into account new trends in the field of telecommunications / ICT, as well as emergency issues and problems that might arise during the implementation of the decisions and recommendations of World Radiocommunication conferences (WRC-12) 2012.