SAMENA Council calls for collaboration on e-business

Urges greater co-operation between regional telecoms bodies to sustain digitisation

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SAMENA Council calls for collaboration on e-business Aykut: Co-operation among regional associations strengthens public-private-people relationships.
By Staff Writer Published  August 15, 2013

SAMENA Council has urged global ICT organisations to recognise digitisation as a key growth enabler in emerging nations, it announced yesterday.

During the First Regional Congress of Telecommunications, held in Panama City recently, the Council pushed for measures to ensure the sustainability of digital business growth and digital service adoption.

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecoms association that represents over 40 telecoms operators in 25 markets across South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

"The telecommunications sector has faced several technological developments over the years, affecting current and future functionalities of the markets," said Dr Mustafa Aykut, SAMENA Council policy board chairman, who represented SAMENA Council and presented its SMART SAMENA concept at the Congress.

"Regional associations contribute to development of digitisation initiatives. Co-operation among regional associations strengthens the public-private-people relationships, supporting common interest actions as well as ensuring improvements in the sector."

The First Regional Congress of Telecommunications hosted approximately 2000 representatives from regional industry associations in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, USA, and Europe. Issues discussed included broadband proliferation, spectrum allocation and harmonisation, investments, regulations, taxation and roaming.

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