Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, witnessed the signing of an agreement between the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) regarding Egypt’s hosting of the Global Symposium for Regulators 2023 (GSR) during the second half of next year in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The agreement was signed by Hossam El-Gamal, CEO of the NTRA, and Doreen Bogdan Martin, Director of the Development Bureau of the ITU.
Leaders and heads of telecommunication regulatory agencies and authorities from more than 70 countries are set to participate in the GSR 2023, to exchange views and experiences on regulatory issues and developments related to the global telecommunications sector and the study of the best regulatory practices applied at the international level.
The Minister of Communications said that Egypt’s hosting of this global event in Sharm El Sheikh next year comes within the framework of Egypt’s interest in building bridges of cooperation with international organizations and various countries in the field of communications and information technology, especially as it is one of the most prominent international forums organized by the International Telecommunication Union in order to open a global dialogue that brings together organizers telecom and industry leaders around the world to discuss the most important issues that concern the telecommunications sector.
He explained that this hosting is an affirmation of Egypt’s leading role at the international level in the field of telecommunications regulation, and it also comes in line with the state’s vision for Egypt to become a centre for international events and a meeting point for exchanging regional and international experiences.
El-Gamal explained that hosting the GSR 2023 is a reflection of the international community’s confidence in Egypt’s capabilities to host such important international events.
The NTRA adopted a set of regulatory measures and effective steps, which resulted in Egypt advancing 54 international places to 41st in the ITU Regulatory Performance Index for 2020 issued by the International Telecommunication Union, advancing 43 international places and ranked 36th in the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index for 2020, as well as the 23rd place internationally in the Global Cybersecurity Index for 2019.