The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), in co-operation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE, have held a roundtable discussion dedicated to Arab ICT ministries and regulators on ‘The Role of Arab Governments in Internet Development.’
The discussion put the spotlight on current opportunities and challenges in the Middle East in managing Internet resources and highlighted new developments.
The roundtable was attended by representatives from several Arab countries, including: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “We have important strategic issues to examine and discuss, we have a lot of headlines that represent opportunities and challenges at the same time. These include the future of the Internet in light of the growing scope of users across the region and the implementation of IPv6 and the consequent necessities of co-ordination and mutual benefit from expertise and experience.”
Salam Yamout, Board Member, RIPE NCC, added: “The RIPE NCC is committed to working with stakeholders, including governments in the region, to advance and develop the Internet, and to support them with the necessary technical expertise.
“We commend the work of the TRA in UAE and its role in developing new initiatives to support the development of Internet and economic growth in the region. These meetings are an ideal platform to address some of the pressing challenges facing information sharing and Internet security today.”