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UAE announced as ITU 2014 conference hosts

The UAE has been selected with the consent of all ITU member states, to host the sixth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC).

The event – which is held once every four years – will take place in the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre from 30th March to 10th April 2014.

The UAE has been selected to host WTDC 2014 as the result of a consultation process with all 192 UN Member States of the ITU and in accordance with the ITU’s constitution and convention.

“The UAE assigns a great deal of value to its ITU membership since joining it in 1972,” said H.E. Mohamad Ahmad Al-Qamzi, Chairman, UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. “It is a great honour for the UAE to be selected as hosts for this significant event and is testament to the level of success achieved during 2012 after hosting the UN specialised agency’s largest events, these being the World Conference on International Telecommunications in December, the World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly in November and the World Telecommunication in October.

“Chairing an event of this magnitude signifies the confidence that our ITU contemporaries have in the UAE’s ability to facilitate industry defining events with a global reach. WTDC-14 will be the perfect precursor to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 to be held in October and will witness a nomination campaign for UAE’s membership in the ITU Council and Radio Regulation council. We look forward to our involvement in both events with great promise.”

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