Saudi communication body signs agreement with UN agency

Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) Gov. Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais and Doreen Bogdan-Martin, director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), sign deal to boost technology cooperation. (SPA)
Updated 18 January 2019

Saudi communication body signs agreement with UN agency

  • Agreement shows commitment to strengthening the Kingdom’s role in the international community, says ministry
  • The deal was inked on Thursday in the Saudi capital

RIYADH: An agreement has been signed between the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the two organizations.

The deal, completed in Riyadh on Thursday, was signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, the governor of the CITC, and Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the director of the ITU.

In a statement, the CITC said the agreement came as a result of their commitment to strengthening the Kingdom’s role in the international community, working with the ITU to enhance communication and information technology around the globe.

Dr. Al-Ruwais said: “This agreement aims to reinforce cooperation in supporting ICT regulators around the world, especially in developing countries. Moreover, it aims to share the Kingdom’s expertise in this field with all member states.”

Bogdan-Martin, meanwhile, commended the progress made by Saudi Arabia toward developing its telecommunications and IT sectors. 

Initiatives recently implemented by the CITC to adopt new technologies, such as 5G phone networks, have made the Kingdom one of the most developed regulators of the ICT sector in the world, according to the ITU’s rankings.

The ITU, a UN agency for information and communication technology, helps build strategic cooperation and understanding between governments and the private sector worldwide.

Through agreeing to partner with it, the Kingdom has become the first country to sign up to its cycle for 2019 (lasting until 2022), cementing its position as one of the UN’s key international ICT partners.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

Updated 11 December 2019

Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

  • The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on all member states to bolster their efforts to integrate the role of youth in achieving the goals of sustainable development.

In a statement issued on Tuesday marking the “International Human Rights Day,” the rights body said in order to capitalize on the youth potential, the OIC has proposed a “youth strategy” with particular focus on alleviating poverty, promoting universal education and ensuring gender equality.

It said the energy and creativity of youth are vital for building peace and inclusive societies.

The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education and character building of the youth for a better future.

The IPHRC, realizing the importance of youth, held its 2019 annual seminar on the subject of “Importance of promoting and protecting the rights of youth for building peaceful democratic societies and sustainable development,” in Tashkent in October.