ITU Telecom World 2009

Dr. Amr Badawi, the Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), participated in ITU Telecom World 2009 that was held in Geneva from 5 to 9 October 2009. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, inaugurated ITU Telecom World 2009. The event was under the theme of 'Open Networks- Connected Minds'. More than 100 delegates came from various countries to participate in that global event, with the participation of Heads of States and governments in addition to the heads of the global pioneering ICT companies.

The Egyptian participation in this global event crowns Egypt's strenuous efforts exerted to publicize and promote worldwide the Egyptian achievements model in ICT sector. Furthermore, the delegation publicized the fourth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which Egypt will host from 15 to 18 November 2009 in Sharm el-Sheikh. Moreover, ITU Telecom World 2009 is an opportunity for NTRA to announce the RFP for two licenses of telecom network operators in Closed Compounds. NTRA announced lately the submission of bids in order to choose the best Consortia submitting technical and financial bids as per the Beauty Contest. Each Consortium should include an international operator in addition to one local partner or more (from the Egyptian ICT companies). The bids will be invited on January 12 2010.

Dr. Amr Badawi, the Executive President of NTRA was a forum panelist in the Regulatory Roundtable session: 'Regulating in Times of Crisis'. The panel included the heads of the German and French regulatory bodies in addition to a high-level delegate from Japan, UAE and the World Bank.

Moreover, Dr Amr Badawi held several bilateral meetings with the heads of regulatory bodies, policy-makers, and the chiefs of international organizations and companies in order to discuss the best means for exchanging expertise and probing the latest developments in the current regulatory issues in ICT sector.