Sunday, June 5, 2022

Successful Qatari Participation in WSIS 2022 Forum

Doha, Qatar

The activities of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2022 Forum concluded at the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, in which the State of Qatar participated with an official delegation that included representatives of several authorities in the country.

Over five days of the forum, held under the title "Information and Communication Technologies for Prosperity, Inclusion and Flexibility”, the plans of the ITU in the field of advancing the ICT sector were reviewed, in addition to presentations made by member states on the progress made in the digital transformation sector.

In this forum, which is considered the largest annual gathering around the world for information and communication technology, the State of Qatar was represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) with the participation of several authorities in the country, including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Communications Regulatory Authority, the Planning and Statistics Authority, Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center, and Ehsan Center.

The State of Qatar participated in the forum this year as a golden strategic partner, and MCIT reviewed, through the sessions of the WSIS Forum, Qatar's strategy in the field of digital transformation and its ambitious and innovative programs in the information and communications technology sector.

The Qatari participation was crowned by winning MCIT the "Champions" award for the WSIS 2022, in the category "Building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technology", for its project "SafeSpace", which aims to instill a culture of digital security and safety. The MCIT project won after outperforming five other projects that were submitted to the competition to win this category of award.

Ehsan Center also won the Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize as it took part in the Prize in the special track on information and communication technology and the elderly, which focuses on information and communication technology that fulfils the needs of people over sixty-year of age to maintain an active life.

Mashael Ali Al Hammadi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Information Technology Affairs at MCIT and head of the State of Qatar's delegation to the forum, said that Qatar is keen to participate in these annual forums with the aim of learning about global experiences and initiatives in the field of digital transformation and information technology, in addition to reviewing the successes achieved by the State in this regard.

Al Hammadi added that the Qatari participation in this year's forum achieved great success, especially after winning two prestigious awards, the first for MCIT and the second for Ehsan Center, which indicates that the development in the field of information technology is progressing at a steady pace in the State of Qatar through many programs and ambitious plans in this important sector.