Sunday, February 5, 2023

Qatar Participates in the 29th Meeting of GCC Committee for Under-Secretaries of Post and Telecommunications

The State of Qatar participated in the 29th Meeting of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Committee for Under-Secretaries of Post and Telecommunications, conducted via video conferencing technology. Qatar's delegation was headed by Mr. Hassan Jassim Al Sayed, Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Technical Affairs, along with several officials from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Qatar Postal Services (Qatar Post).

The Committee discussed the topics on the agenda of the meeting, the most important of which is the unified draft law regulating the activities of private companies and institutions working in the field of express post and parcels. It also approved the guiding framework for the protection of personal information of the citizens of the GCC States, and the recommendations of the working group to study the reduction of the prices of international connectivity between the GCC States.

The Committee for Under-Secretaries of Post and Telecommunications also agreed to form a working group headed by the State of Qatar to consider the measures that must be taken with regard to the establishment of unlicensed wireless networks that are used for mining cryptocurrencies. The Committee was briefed on the joint action plan between the GCC and the People's Republic of China.

Finally, the Committee considered the outputs of the meeting of the temporary team formed to analyze and document the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of coming up with the required recommendations and identifying the important role played by the ICT sector in limiting the spread of the virus and recovering from it.