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                              Note by the Director of the BDT

      REPORT ON PRIVATE SECTOR/SECTOR MEMBERS ACTIVITIES
                                   ARAB STATES REGION


I       Fifth Annual Private Sector/Public Sector Cooperation Meeting of the Arab States
        Region (Amman, Jordan, 12-14 December 2006)
The Fifth Annual Private Sector/Public Sector Cooperation Meeting of the Arab States Region was
rescheduled to be held in Amman, Jordan instead of Beirut due to security considerations, at the
kind hospitality of Fastlink of Jordan and MTC Touch of Lebanon.
The meeting comprised about 105 participants from the private sector, the public sector and
regulators from the Arab Region.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Eng. Basem Rousan, Minister of Communications and
Information Technology of Jordan, H.E. Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Elected Director of the
Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), H.E. Eng. Mohamed Shabib, Chairman of the
ARWP, and H.E. Eng. Saad Nasir Harb, Fastlink CEO.
The meeting reviewed and discussed the following subjects:
1      Cooperation of ITU with Arab Sector Members.
2      Outcome of actions taken by the World Telecommunication Development Conference
       (WTDC-06).
3      Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-06).
4      Arab Private Sector/Public Sector cooperation, including activities of the ARWP.
5      Partnerships and Regional Initiatives.
6      Regional projects in the Arab Region.
7      Methods and mechanisms for financing projects in the Arab Region.
8      Mobility in the Arab Region.
9      Cooperation with Arab operators.
10     Cooperation with Arab regulators.
11     WSIS Action Plan.
12     Activities of the ARWP during 2007 and beyond.
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                                           WGPS-08-6/6-E


Main outcomes and remarks:
1      There is a significant need to restructure the ARWP as several members have moved to
       other positions. In addition, new duties and functions have been recently created and
       required to be performed by the ARWP.
2      The personal participation of Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Elected Director of ITU-D
       (2007-2010), would enable him to oversee the existing cooperation of ITU-D and the Arab
       Regional Office (ARO) with the Arab Sector Members, and would allow him to respond to
       the observations and requirements of the Arab group. This has contributed to the
       elaboration of a roadmap for future action.
3      It has been noted that several Arab Sector Members have denunciated their membership.
       There is an extreme need to increase communication and collaboration between the Arab
       members and ARO on one hand, and the Arab members and ITU-D through ARO on the
       other hand.
4      There is an urgent need to continue the work done to develop a website for the Arab private
       sector and to recruit one general-service executive staff at the Arab Regional Office to help
       with the secretarial work related to the Arab private sector.

II      Annual Coordination Meeting of the Arab Regional Working Party on Private Sector
        Issues (Cairo, Egypt, 14-15 July 2007)
The meeting comprised 25 participants from the Arab Regional Working Party (ARWP), at the kind
sponsorship of MTC Touch of Lebanon which presides the ARWP, represented by Mr Mohamed
Shabib, CEO MTC Touch. The meeting had the objective of restructuring the ARWP and
elaborating its action plan for 2007 and beyond.
Main outcomes and recommendations include the following:
1      The introduction of some new functions in the new organizational structure of the ARWP,
       including:
       a) the creation of a subgroup for the issues of mobile networks in the Arab region.
       b) The creation of a subgroup for humanitarian services including environment, e-health
           and emergency and disaster management.
       c) The creation of a subgroup for communication, information and media including the
           promotion of ITU activities and sector membership.
2      New changes included the selection of Eng. Mohamed El-Nawawi, Deputy Chariman of
       Telecom Egypt, as Deputy to Mr Mohamed Shabib, the Chairman of the ARWP.
3      Affirming the ARWP needs mentioned above under the Fifth Annual Private Sector/Public
       Sector Cooperation Meeting, i.e. to continue the work done to develop a website for the
       Arab private sector, in partnership with Mobinil, and to recruit one executive secretary at
       the Arab Regional Office for private sector issues.
4      The acceptance of the invitation of Egypt Telecom to host the following Private Sector
       Cooperation Meeting in the Arab Region, at its new premises in the Smart Village, planned
       to open by the end of 2007.
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                                            WGPS-08-6/6-E


III     Sixth Annual Private Sector/Public Sector Cooperation Meeting in the Arab Region
        (Giza, Egypt, 16-18 December 2007)
The meeting took place at the Smart Village Conference Hall, 6th of October City, Giza, at the kind
hospitality of Telecom Egypt, with the participation of about 150 high officials from the private and
public sectors, regulators and others.
The meeting was opened by Dr Amr Badawi, Executive President of the National
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt representing H.E. the Minister of
Communications and Information Technology, H.E. Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of
the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), and H.E. Eng. Mohamed Shabib,
Chairman of the ARWP.
The following themes were reviewed and discussed according to the agenda (attached):
1       Regulatory issues for the Arab private sector, and preparations for the 8th Annual Global
        Symposium for Regulators (GSR-08), Pattaya, Thailand, March 2008.
2       Mobile networks in the Arab region, and their social and economic impact.
3       Investment in ICTs.
4       Arab preparations for the 1st Global Industry Leaders Forum (GILF), Thailand,
        March 2008, and participation therein.
5       Membership in ITU Sectors and issues related to the members of the Arab Regional
        Working Party (ARWP).
6       Issues related to the Second Fixed License and the acquired experience in the Arab Region.
7       Preparations for Africa Telecom, Cairo, May 2008.
8       Role of the Arab private sector in providing humanitarian services.
9       Roaming services between Arab countries.
10      Role of the Arab private sector in environmental protection and the safe disposal of ICT
        wastes.
Main outcomes and remarks:
1      This meeting marks the new practice to include in the agenda a variety of items of special
       interest to the Arab companies, ITU-D members. Examples of such items include:
       – Mobile networks in the Arab region, problems and tariffs of roaming services.
       – Relief telecommunications and emergency and disaster management.
       – Environmental protection, recycling of ICT equipment and the safe disposal of ICT
           wastes.
2      The importance of continuing the work on updating the functioning of the ARWP was
       underlined in order to adapt it to the evolving telecommunication environment and the new
       requirements of members. The above-mentioned logistic needs should be satisfied in order
       to enable the ARWP to carry on with its duties.
3     The personal participation of the BDT Director was emphasized as it would allow him to
      follow-up the activities related to the private sector, promote its capacities and respond to
      its problems.


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