Posted on March 06, 2019

His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) met today at CRA’s headquarters with His Excellency Malcolm Johnson, the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The visit is in line with CRA’s aim to communicate and cooperate with related Arab and International organizations and to present the latest developments in the ICT sector in Qatar. In addition to discuss ways of developing Qatar's contribution to the ITU. “CRA welcomes ITU’s visit. We ensure that Qatar leads in the ICT field at regional level; to this CRA maintain regular communications with the ITU, to discuss bilateral cooperation and to stay up to date with the latest developments in the ICT sector. This in turn help us to develop the sector taking into consideration international best practices and standards, and to ensure the provision of smart, innovative, and high-quality services to the consumers in Qatar,” said H.E. Al-Mannai.

As part of the visit, the Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU met with the telecommunications service providers to have a look at the latest technologies, developments and achievements in the ICT sector. He also met with some academic entities and discussed the importance and role of education in the development of the ICT sector.

“We had a fruitful discussion on a range of issues during my visit, including opportunities for sponsorship and donation for the new ITU headquarters” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson. “I look forward to continued collaboration as Qatar seeks to boost its digital economy through the development of its information and communication technology sector in line with international standards. We are confident that working with ITU and its increasingly diverse range of members will benefit Qataris across the country in the years to come.”

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU membership includes 193 Member States in addition to ICT regulators, many leading academic institutions and some 700 tech companies.