Kuwait’s three telecommunications companies; Zain, Ooredoo, and VIVA, announced their platinum sponsorship of the 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications – Saving Lives (GET 2016). The prominent forum is hosted by Kuwait’s Ministry of Communications and the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority during 25 - 28 January under the patronage of the Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Subah.
In a joint press statement, the three telecoms considered Kuwait’s hosting of this forum as a step forward to the further development of the telecom sector in the region, as Kuwait is the second hosting country of this international forum after the wide success of the first event held at Geneva in 2007.
GET 2016, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is considered one of the most globally recognized events that discuss the role of the telecom industry in Disaster Management, especially with the rapid changes in the telecommunications sector in the region, coupled with massive enhancements in the information technology arena. The event is expected to witness the attendance of about 500 participants from around 90 countries, including Telecom Ministers, Director-Generals of Regulatory Authorities, CEOs, and more.
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. The Union allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
With the help of its global membership, ITU brings the benefits of modern communication technologies to people everywhere in an efficient, safe, easy and affordable manner. The Union is unique among UN agencies in having both public and private sector memberships, with 193 Member States that include ICT regulators, many leading academic institutions and some 800 tech companies.
ITU is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has twelve regional and area offices around the world. ITU membership represents a cross-section of the global ICT sector, from the world's largest manufacturers and telecoms carriers to small, innovative players working with new and emerging technologies, along with leading R&D institutions and academia.
Commenting on Zain’s sponsorship of this global forum, Eaman Al Roudhan, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer said, “Telecommunications has become a key element of the development process within different fields and sectors. The industry has presented itself as a central player in the establishment of any community’s infrastructure, which led it to become the backbone of the economy with technology becoming a critical tool to acquire information, propelling economic and social development.”
Al Roudhan added: “Zain is committed to supporting the communities it serves, making vital telecommunications accessible to all. In emergency situations or natural disasters, the telecom industry is obliged to act and help improve the quality of life for those people in need.”
Al Roudhan concluded: "Sustainability is at the very core of our business and is reflected in every aspect of our day to day operational activities. We continue to take our role in society very seriously and are willing to live up to our responsibilities in the places we do business.”
Ooredoo Kuwait CEO and General Manager Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani commented: “The role of the private sector in general, and the telecommunications sector in particular is vital in contributing to saving lives, and ensuring that we are ready to face disasters. This forum gives us the opportunity to discuss and execute strategies that will yield to a decrease in risks supported by communication technology. The main goal is to ultimately save lives and ensure public safety. We at Ooredoo are committed to the safety of the public, and we are proud to be part of this forum which gives the telecommunications sector a major role in disaster management.”
Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Badran, CEO of VIVA, commented: "This sponsorship and VIVA's participation stems from our deep understanding of the rapid development of the information technology, in addition to the vital role we, as a communications service provider, play in addressing related challenges. VIVA is extremely conscious of the threats and risks Telecommunications may encounter, and VIVA is very well qualified to be one of the leaders in this domain."