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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Digital debate: UN assembles ICT regulators in Bahrain


Bahrain on Tuesday welcomed over 650 high-level international delegates to the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) from the world’s information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory authorities, who will spend the week debating the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow’s increasingly interconnected digital environment, reports ITRealms.

The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) event aim at stimulating debate, knowledge sharing and exchange of best practice among regulators, industry leaders, government policy analysts and other key ICT stakeholders.

ITRealms gathered that GSR is hosted by the Government of Bahrain under the patronage of Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the event is taking place at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain from 3-5 June.

Discussions, ITRealms also notes will focus around ‘Capitalizing on the Potential of the Digital World’, and feature key topics including Big Data; consumer empowerment; strategies to stimulate ICT market competition and meet growing demand for network capacity; emerging digital business models such as OTT and cloud services; and innovative radio spectrum management trends. 

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain is partnering with ITU to host the symposium, which is officially chaired by TRA Chairman Dr Mohammed Ahmed Alamer.

The event which opening with distinguished guests, including HH Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Premier of Bahrain, H.E. Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of State for Telecommunications Affairs, and ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. TourĂ© in attendance.


In his address to GSR-14 delegates, Dr TourĂ© said the digital ecosystem has re-drawn the business boundaries and paved the way for a wealth of fresh and innovative ideas. 

“In this new business landscape, how can we ensure that both consumers and businesses benefit from the opportunities of living in a digital society? How can we respond to their need for a secure, reliable and trustworthy ecosystem, while fostering a positive investment climate that will ensure we can finance tomorrow’s infrastructure rollout?” he asked.

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