The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), in collaboration with the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), has hosted the Africa Region Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA 16) on 4 and 5 September 2016 to prepare for the upcoming WTSA-16 Assembly, which will be held in in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia in the period from October 25 to November 4, 2016.
The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 (WTSA 16) is considered one of ITU's significant meetings that discusses the hot issues related to telecom devices and systems standardization and the development of basic standards and criteria in all countries in terms of telecom devices and equipment standardization and licensing. The assembly will also discuss the technical issues that will be studied by EU experts over the next four-year period.
This meeting was attended by about 41 participants from 13 countries. Mr. Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, stated that the Africa Regional Meeting has been one of the most successful preparatory meetings.
In fact, the discussions and working papers discussed and reviewed during the meeting were highly interesting and dealt with topics of common interest hence experts expect them to enrich WTSA-2016 agenda.
Moreover, Mr. Abdul-Karim Soumaila has pointed out that the meeting outcomes were fruitful as 20 African documents have been approved as proposals of resolutions and positions regarding matters that will be addressed at the upcoming WTSA. He extended his thanks to the Egyptian administration and NTRA's IR team for hosting this meeting.
In addition, NTRA held a regional meeting attended by representatives of the Arab and European Groups on September 6, 2016. A video conference was held with the European officials as viewpoints were exchanged on the activities and works of the Assembly. The meeting was attended by around 50 participants from 23 countries.
Finally, NTRA, in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS), hosted the 11th meeting of the Arab Standardization Team (ASTeam) on 7 and 8 September. It is worth mentioning in this respect that ASTeam strengthens and advances the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU, coordinating efforts among the Arab relevant bodies in this regard. That fruitful meeting was attended by about 34 participants from 10 countries and approved 25 working documents to be submitted to the upcoming WTSA-16 meeting.