Egypt, represented by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), participated in the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16), held in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunis, in the period from October 25 to November 3. WTSA-16 is held every four years to discuss the developments and challenges in ICT sector and ITU-T sector.
The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly WTSA) is considered one of the important high-level meetings held by ITU that Egypt is keen to take part in effectively and dynamically in all its activities and proceedings.
Chief among the topics included in the event's agenda has been the discussion of security and privacy aspects, in addition to trust in the field of communications and information technology, and the adoption of corresponding quality, interoperability and interconnection. The participants highlighted, during the discussions, the significance of amendments related to internal procedures within the ITU-T, paying special attention to needs of the disabled and their right to have access to telecom services.
This year's meeting was a golden opportunity to ensure that ITU-T supports and develops the information society, as the Assembly's resolutions aim to help the government, industry and academia to achieve their ambitions for 2020 and beyond, in several areas.
It should be noted that the meeting was preceded by the third Global Standards Symposium that took place on 24 October 2016, and was a truly important event thought leaders gather in the field of standardization where the participants discussed the efforts exerted in the field of standards and how all considerations related to security, privacy and trust could be integrated therein.