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.