IDA Singapore and TRA UAE sign MoU

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority of the UAE (TRA) strengthened the collaboration in the field of telecommunications and ICT through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the “ITU Telecom World 2013” in Bangkok, Thailand. This MOU pledges both countries’ commitment to promoting closer co-operation and knowledge exchange pertaining to various aspects of international and regional ICT in the public and private sectors.

IDA-TRA“The ICT sector in the UAE has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years and is widely recognized for its innovative contribution to the global technology arena. With their unwavering support, the UAE leadership has identified all efforts to advance ICT capacity as a national priority and strengthening ties with international stakeholders at this point as part of this is essential. Working alongside IDA Singapore will prove invaluable as both the UAE and Singapore look to develop their knowledge economies, cement their competitive position and align their ICT infrastructure to keep pace with the demands of the modern era,” said H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA.

Key areas of co-operation include proactive exchange of information relevant to eGovernment and ICT, co-guidance and co-consultation on preliminary processes related to future enhancements and joint research and analysis of information on new and existing technologies and developments of systems and tools.

This partnership will further promote knowledge sharing of ICT in government and economic sectors for trade, investment, business and technology ventures between UAE and Singapore’s industries. The co-ordination of Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network is one key area of ICT adoption between IDA and Singapore.

“Mr Leong Keng Thai, Director General (Telecoms & Post) of IDA Singapore said, “Singapore sees ICT as a strategic enabler for national competitiveness and our vision is to create a smart nation, powered by ICT. We look forward to exchanging knowledge and experience with our UAE counterparts in the field of ICT and e-government. This partnership of sharing good practices will further accelerate our respective country’s development of a knowledge-based economy through ICT.”

The MOU was signed by H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of TRA, and Mr Leong Keng Thai, Director General (Telecoms & Post) of IDA Singapore at the ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The signing was witnessed by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore and TRA UAE Board member, H.E Abdul Kader Al Kahyat.