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CRA Showcases Qatar’s Regulatory Expertise at the Global Symposium for Regulators 2023

Sharm El-Sheikh, June 7, 2023: The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), representing the State of Qatar, is taking part in the Global Symposium for Regulators 2023 (GSR-23). This Symposium is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with the Government of Egypt and held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 5-8 June 2023 under the theme: “Regulation for a Sustainable Digital Future.”

The GSR-23 is built around interactive high-level panels that address current and cutting-edge policy and regulatory issues, such as novel regulatory approaches for digital transformation, trustworthy and resilient digital infrastructure, online child and youth safety, digital accessibility, going green with the digital transformation, and harnessing the opportunities of the metaverse. GSR-23 also features the Executive Heads of Regulators’ Roundtable, the Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting (RA), and the Industry Advisory Group on Development Issues and Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers’ (IAGDI-CRO) meeting.

CRA is keen to actively engage in the meetings held under the ITU’s umbrella, particularly the GSR. This event offers regulators and policymakers from around the world a valuable opportunity for discussions and exchanging perspectives and insights among peers and other stakeholders. The GSR facilitates discussing ways of cooperation and checking the current best practices in the field.

In preparation for the event, CRA has submitted its contribution to the draft GSR-23 Best Practice Guidelines Consultation, which focuses on “Regulatory and economic incentives for an inclusive sustainable digital future”. Through its participation, CRA showcased the expertise of the State of Qatar in the two areas under consultation; The first is defining regulatory and economic incentives to stimulate the deployment of sustainable digital infrastructure, especially in rural and isolated areas, and the second is identifying the right incentives required to ensure the introduction of emerging ICT technologies and business models. Furthermore, CRA highlighted the regulatory frameworks and strategies that have been developed by Qatar in this field.

At the event, CRA participated in an event for the Network of Women (NoW) in the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). The event fostered discussions among ministries and regulators on various topics related to the Network and its activities. CRA participated in the event as one of the members of the Steering Committee of Network in the Arab region, where CRA members represent the State of Qatar, along with other members from around the world.



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