ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18)
Dubai, UAE, 29 October – 16 November 2018
The UAE, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), will host the 20th edition of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18), which will be held in Dubai, from 29 October to 16 November 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Center.
The conference importance is based on the following:
  • This conference is held for the first time in the Middle-East region, particularly (Held in Marrakes 2002)
  • Hosting this conference reflects the ITU leadership and Member States’ confidence in the UAE’s ability to achieve the success of this hosting, and repeating the success achieved in many important international events that have been hosted in the past years
  • This hosting is a reflection of the strong relations between the UAE and the ITU
  • This hosting enhances the UAE’s position on the global communications map, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.
The importance of the Plenipotentiary Conference:
  • Setting the general policies of the ITU
  • Adopting four-year strategic and financial plans,
  • Electing the organization Senior Management team represented by the Secretary-General and the Directors of the three main sectors; the standardization, radiocommunication and development.
  • Electing the 48 Member States of the ITU Council, as well as the 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB), which is the highest authority within the ITU in relation to the regulation of spectrum, radiocommunication and interference.
  • High-level of participation, in the presence of member states Ministers of Communication or their representatives, where many bilateral meetings concerning the reality and future of the telecom sector will be held.
  • Discussions will be held at a number of committees: the Steering Committee, Credentials Committee, Budget Control Committee, Editorial Committee, Policy and Legal Matters, and the Administration and Management Committee
These Conferences are usually held outside Geneva (since 1865 only two times held in Geneva), every four years for the duration of three weeks. The table below highlights the recent past ITU PP Conferences:
Conference Year City Country
PP-1994 Kyoto Japan
PP-1998 Minneapolis USA
PP-2002 Marrakesh Morocco
PP-2006 Antalya Turkey
PP-2010 Guadalajara Mexico
PP-2014 Busan South Korea

About the host country UAE
The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The federation was formally established on 2 December 1971.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of 83,600 sq. km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name.

Four-fifths of the UAE is desert, yet it is a country of contrasting landscapes, from awe-inspiring dunes to rich oases, precipitous Rocky Mountains to fertile plains.

The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable stay, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.

World Economic Forum: Global Competitiveness Index GCI 2017/2018:
A recently published report by World Economic Forum based its competitiveness analysis on the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), a comprehensive tool that measures the microeconomic and macroeconomic foundations of national competitiveness. The competitiveness index is determined by measuring 12 sets of indicators, which include Technological Readiness and Innovation. The UAE has been ranked 17th out of 137 countries for the GCI 2017-2018 & has been ranked 1st of all the Arab states.
In terms of the individual indicators analysed, the UAE ranked first among the Arab states in terms of:
  • Fixed-telephone lines/100 pop.
  • Internet bandwidth kb/s/user.
  • Capacity for innovation.
Internationally, the UAE is ranked as follows:
  • The UAE ranked 1st in the world in Government procurement of advanced tech. products.
  • The UAE ranked 2nd in the world in Mobile Broadband subscriptions/100 population.
  • The UAE ranked 2nd in the world in terms of having the lowest level of Burden of government regulation.
  • The UAE ranked 3rd in the world in availability of scientists and engineers.
  • The UAE ranked 4th in the world in quality of overall infrastructure.
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