The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) hosts the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities in Abu Dhabi attended by ITU study groups and experts within the field of smart and sustainable cities.
The two day Forum will discuss a range of issues and topics divided into key focus areas and sessions including the national experience in developing Smart Sustainable Cities, the use of ICT in transforming into Smart and Sustainable Cities, the infrastructure and key performance indicators of Smart and Sustainable Cities, and the different roles of private sector and stakeholders in this field.
“The UAE leadership under His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s presidency has developed strategies and plans directed towards developing a sustainable environment with an overall advanced and integrated infrastructure. The UAE has pioneered in the adoption of sustainable development strategies in the region. The government has launched the UAE Green Growth strategy making UAE one of the leading countries in the field of green economy,” said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA Director General.
In 2010, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched “The UAE Vision 2021” which aims to reinforce the UAE’s position among the world’s best countries by the Golden Jubilee of the Union. In order to translate the Vision into reality, its pillars have been mapped into six national priorities including “Sustainable Environment and Overall Infrastructure.
“The TRA is committed to work in line with the strategies and plans set by the government to attain a sustainable environment. The TRA also contributes effectively in deploying smart applications and services that meet the requirements of the UAE cities to transform into smart cities,” H.E. added.
The TRA hosts this forum in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and this step falls within the framework of an integrated action plan aimed at introducing the leading initiatives and the diligent efforts of the UAE and the ITU in the field of clean and renewable energy and building smart and sustainable cities.
The Forum represents another testament on the depth of the relation between the UAE and the ITU and also reflects the important role of the ITU in driving sustainable development efforts and preserving the World’s environment.
Engineer Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi, representative of the UAE at ITU said: “During this forum, we will focus on a range of important issues and highlight many initiatives and activities initiated by the UAE in the field of smart cities at both local and international levels. This includes focusing on the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to fully transform Dubai into a Smart City, in addition to highlighting Masdar City and its pioneering role in the area of clean energy.”
The Forum will also approve the roadmap of the Smart Sustainable Cities transformation for the Arab region which is based on the guidelines adopted by the International Telecommunication Union. The representative of the UAE at the ITU applauded the remarkable participation of government entities and Telecom Operators, academic institutions, and concerned companies and organizations as well as experts from all over the world.