Sultanate Continues its Participation as Partner in Organizing WSIS Forum in Geneva

Geneva, The Sultanate’s participation in the World

Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, as a

partner with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a

number of international organizations affiliated with the United Nations

(UN), continues for the third consecutive day. The forum was officially

inaugurated under the patronage of Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of

the ITU.

This year, The Sultanate participation in the forum is represented

by the Information Technology Authority (ITA), Ministry of Health,

Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Transport

and Communications.

Dr. Salim bin Sultan al-Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, the head of the

delegation to the forum, participated in the discussion session which

was held after the inauguration ceremony. He talked about the

Sultanate’s employment of the emerging technologies of the 4th

revolution in achieving the goals of sustainable development 2030, and

the availability of digital identity for the personal data privacy and

provision of secure e-services with a number of officials from around

the world.

The Sultanate’s delegation also organized a workshop to

showcase the Sultanate’s IT initiatives. The workshop was attended by

Abdullah bin Nasser al-Rahbi, Permanent Representative of the

Sultanate to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva and the Secretary

General of the ITU.

The ITU Secretary General praised the Sultanate’s partnership in

organizing the Forum in several years. He also praised the role played

by the Sultanate in the field of information security internationally,

which enabled it to obtain the hosting of the permanent headquarter of

the Arab Regional Cybersecurity Center.

During the workshop, Eng. Badr bin Ali al-Salehi, Director

General of Oman’s CERT at ITA, presented a working paper on the

efforts exerted in the field of information security by the ITA and its role

in protecting data and systems from cyber threats, thus providing a

secure environment for electronic transactions and national IT


Aseelah bint Mohammed al-Kalbani, Director General of

Information Technology at the Ministry of Manpower, also presented a

working paper on gender equality in working environments. She then

spoke about 55 electronic services provided by the Ministry of

Manpower for multiple segments and activating e-Participation that

allows citizens and residents to express their views on the projects

planned to be implemented by the ministry through a platform for

electronic participation in its website and social media accounts.

Then, Abdullah bin Hamoud al-Raqadi, Director General of

Information Technology at the Ministry of Health presented a working

paper on its digital strategy, its integrated electronic systems and on

the experience of artificial intelligence in breast cancer detection, which

will be applied in a number of hospitals in the near future, as well as

the contribution of information and communication systems to achieve

a number of indicators of the Sustainable development within the third

goal related to the health sector.

Sulaiman bin Saif al-Kindi, Director General of Information

Technology at the Ministry of Education also presented a working

paper focusing on the indicators of sustainable development within the

fourth goal of the quality of education and the efforts exerted by the

ministry in this regard. He talked about the advanced international

indicators that the Sultanate has received in the field of education

during the past years.

The Sultanate’s pavilion continues for two days to introduce its

various e-initiatives, highlighting the contribution of ICT to reducing the

digital gap and the role of e.oman strategy to Oman’s information

society and e-Government by providing the necessary infrastructure,

developing the skills of the community members and boosting the ICT


Source: Oman News Agency