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Zain executives receive ITU’s Secretary-General – Zhao to attend GET-2016

Zhao with top Zain executives
Zhao with top Zain executives

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 2: Zain Group, a leading mobile technology innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and North Africa announces that its CEO, Scott Gegenheimer, and the CEO of Zain Kuwait, Mrs Eaman Al Roudhan, have met with the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao at Zain Group headquarters in Kuwait.

Zhao was on a visit to Kuwait, attending the second annual gathering of the ‘Global Forum on Emergency Communications (GET-2016) Saving Lives’ and made time to visit and engage in discussions about developments in the telecom sector internationally with the Zain executives.

The ITU was founded on the principle of international cooperation between governments (member states) and the private sector, is the main global forum through which all parties work together to achieve consensus on a wide range of issues that affect the direction of the ICT sector.

The two Zain executives’ discussion with Zhao centered on the information revolution currently occurring within the ICT industry, and an exchange of views on the vision and work of the ITU, which operates as a global mediator to facilitate the developments of communications technologies around the word.

The ITU’s mandate also extends to recommending the best use and distribution of global resources based on the development of a seamless global communications system.

Both Gegenheimer and Al Roudhan praised the ITU’s initiatives and activities, given the organization’s drive to improve the regulation of the ICT industry, which is quite an undertaking given the rapid evolution of the sector.

On his part, Zain Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer commented, “The ITU’s efforts and priorities correspond to initiatives launched by Zain Group across the Middle East and Africa, which seek to utilize technology to best effect and lower the total cost of ownership of communications services so that all the  people in the regions we serve – wherever they live and whatever their means are connected.”

Gegenheimer continued, “We were delighted to host the Secretary-General of the ITU at our headquarters, where we exchanged ideas on many of the issues facing the ICT industry today, both in the region as well as across the globe, and it was highly beneficial to receive many of his insights.”

In her conversations with Zhao, Zain Kuwait CEO, Eaman Al Roudhan noted the challenges and constraints affecting the mobile communications industry in the region. The discussions revealed the extent to which the ITU needs to support the region with respect to the allocation of spectrum for additional growth in the mobile communications, given the explosion of mobile data services regionally.

Al Roudhan also highlighted the positive impact the ITU continues to have on the ICT sector globally, where its efforts in interacting with national regulators has helped to lay the foundation for the improvement in access to ICT, and the rapid uptake of broadband services, which in turn is narrowing the digital divide.

For his part, Zhao expressed his pleasure in visiting with Zain, stating, “I had the honor to meet the leaders of Zain, and admire that it is a company which has been able to take the lead in the ICT industry in the Middle East and Africa, and has established itself as a model of how to successfully run a mobile operator in regions of the world that face unique challenges.”

Zhao continued, “We are following the stunning development of the ICT industry in the Middle East, and the positive impact it is having on the lives of people and economies of nations. We note that Zain is an integral part of driving this success, which we hope shall continue long into the future.”

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