Today, more than ever leaders and people around the world acknowledge the importance of ICTs in achieving economic and social sustainable development, and fulfilling people aspiration for better quality of life. It is hard to overstate the impact ICT could have on people’s lives. It could bring about social inclusion, expand access to knowledge, financial services and healthcare, create new business opportunities, and provide more consumer choice, hence, new policies and regulations.
Egypt is proud to host the 16th edition of the Global Symposium for Regulators – GSR, where it comes to underline the historical relations between Egypt and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and to highlight Egypt’s role within this esteemed organization and its contribution in developing national, regional and international partnerships to achieve ITU goals and activities, chief among; smart water management project, where regulations, standardization and IOT are the cornerstone for its implementation together with telecom operators. Another project where IOT and regulations are vital to facilitate socioeconomic development is establishing a regional centre for the People with disabilities (PWDs).
In Egypt “we recognize the power of ICTs in the progress of people”
At this point, while we are witnessing many challenges to transfer our economies to digital economy especially in developing countries as well as to have digital societies, we have to look at them as our opportunities for development and progress.
Most of these challenges or impacts and the issues that lie within, need to be solved by adopting the model of the “public-private partnership” and full harmonization between all players. This model – which we adopted as a cornerstone for the development of the ICT sector in Egypt – will help in facing the challenges and future impacts of the ICTs eco-system which will depend on the IOT to deliver new applications and services.
GSR – 16 will allow a neutral platform for an open discussion among all stakeholders where policy makers meet the industry and the market to discuss and address together the regulatory concerns, learn more about the latest technologies and impact on the digital economy.
I am sure that those present in GSR Egypt can build on the experience of the previous GSR events and come up with determined recommendations and way forward with regard to future collaborative regulation and frameworks that will help in transforming our citizen’s life for good and to create more connected global societies.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you in Sharm El Sheikh, where the theme of our meeting is “Be empowered, Build smart societies in a connected world, Be included”