ITU’s Regional Office for Arab States is working with partners to connect the unconnected across the region.
In Dubai during the recent ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, Ebrahim Al Haddad, the Director of the Regional Office for Arab States, discussed how ITU initiatives are helping to improve lives through information and communication technologies (ICTs).
“What we are looking at is to work with our membership as a whole, and other stakeholders, like other UN agencies, to ensure that the benefits of ICTs touch the lives of people and that they can feel that we are really impacting how they live,” he said, praising the cooperation of the region’s Member States and other stakeholders. “We’ve been assisting countries with regulatory issues [and] we’ve been assisting countries with capacity-building on the ground.”
Al Haddad described several of the initiatives that are helping improve the livelihoods of people in the region, including for those living with disabilities, those in rural areas and programmes for women and girls.
Al Haddad also described ITU’s newest project on digital financial inclusion, the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative, noting that “Egypt is one of three beneficiary countries along with Mexico and China for the partnership that we have with the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”
Al Haddad also said he is looking forward to 2019 when Egypt will host ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference.