TRA Hosts a Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap

The workshop, presented by an ITU expert and attended by guests from 15 countries, aimed at exploring the prospects for harmonizing global ICT standards and the contribution of developing countries.

An interactive workshop on bridging the standardization gap, hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Dubai, has been concluded today. The workshop aimed to inform the participants of best practices in contributing to the global standard-setting process of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and provide in-depth guidance that will have a positive impact on the development of the telecommunication sectors in less developed countries.

Over a period of two days, TRA hosted 30 guests from 15 developing countries in the ICT sector. During the workshop, an international ITU expert explained the differences in the capacity of developing countries compared to developed countries, in terms of access to international ICT standards, and the ITU recommendations in this regard.

Commenting on this workshop, H.E. Majed Al Mesmar, Acting Director General of TRA, said: Bridging the standardization gap is the theme of the ITU for this year, with the aim of understanding key gaps that need to be overcome to improve developing countries’ standards development, implementation and use capabilities, and to increase the capacity of developing countries in ICT standardization and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals. At TRA, we are always keen to support all ITU initiatives, to enhance the work of this vital sector in all societies and contribute to the achievement of SDGs launched by the UN ‘Leaving no one behind’.

H.E. Al Mesmar assured that the importance of this workshop comes from the importance of the role of the ICT sector in achieving a decent life for people. He added: The development and progress of countries today depend largely on the development of the ICT sector, as every industrial, commercial and educational renaissance depends on the existence of a modern communications infrastructure that can accommodate smart services, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence and smart education. This requires countries to identify and develop their true potential if they wish to keep abreast of developments and take advantage of modern technologies, which can be achieved through consultation and sharing experiences.

The workshop participants learned about the comprehensive standard-setting approach within ITU-T, how to submit written contributions independently to the ITU-T study groups, and gained the ability to understand the standardization process and the importance of Plenipotentiary Conference Resolution no. 123 and World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly Resolution no. 44 on Bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries.

The workshop also aimed to discuss emerging strategies, technologies and ICT standards that can play a role in the sustainable provision of telecommunication and broadband Internet systems in rural and remote areas. The workshop also addressed innovation in the ICT sector, which plays a major role in bridging the broadband gap in developing countries.

Moreover, the ITU launched the Bridging the Standardization Gap initiative in 2009, with the aim of addressing the differences in developing countries’ capabilities compared to developed countries by accessing, implementing and influencing international standards, as well as facilitating the participation of developing countries in the ICT standard setting process, and enabling developing countries to benefit access to new technological developments.

TRA has earnt the world’s confidence by successfully organizing and hosting the most important ITU events. TRA hosted the Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 same time last year, which is the main ITU event held every four years, with more than 2,300 participants of senior leaders from 180 countries.

Source: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority