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“Driving the Digital Transformation in the Region”

SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s Regional Regulatory Summit is a region-wide conference, being held in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Saudi Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC), to promote public-private co-operation for digital transformation in the region. It will bring together public-private stakeholders and government delegations.

The primary aim of the Regulatory Summit is to help understand imperatives in public sector and private sector cooperation in view of Saudi Arabia's national ICT vision as well as realities and transformation trends in regional digital development.

The Regulatory Summit will explore ways for the public sector to be closely engaged with the private sector, and will serve as a platform for the regional industry's leadership to convene and bring the future of mobile market competition, technologies and services, and stakeholder priorities into perspective. Such areas have to be looked into diligently and should accommodate the imperatives to also address underlying industry needs that revolve around digital services, data regulation, spectrum allocation, and the industry's financial obligations.

By conducting this regional stakeholder activity in Riyadh, SAMENA Council looks forward to supporting the Saudi Vision 2030 in all ways possible, while representing the needs and the issues of the private sector of Saudi Arabia and of surrounding GCC markets.

08:30 - 08:50 | Opening Ceremony

08:50 - 09:30 | Overview: Industry Development

1 - Vision for ICT Sector Development
2 - ICT Industry Evolution and Regulatory Frameworks in the Digital Age

09:30 - 10:30 | Panel 1: Partnerships and Collaboration for Industry Development & Business Sustainability for Operators

Topics of Discussion
  • Saudi Vision 2030: An incentive for sector-wide openness and collaboration
  • Requirements for achieving sustainable advantages in the telco business
  • Agile regulatory frameworks for a sustainable & healthy ICT sector
  • Facilitating sustainable access to infrastructure for achieving ICT development objectives

10:30 - 11:00 | Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30 | Age of Digital Transformation & New Socio-Economics

Transforming toward Digital Economy – Challenges & Opportunities

11:30 - 12:30 | Panel 2: Global Perspectives on Digital Transformation

Topics of Discussion
  • How can policymakers and regulators incentivize sector development
  • Evolving regulation in a digital world
  • Cornerstones for ensuring digital inclusion and a healthy ICT ecosystem
  • Transformative elements of modern policy-making to enable digital services and emerging technologies

12:30 - 13:00 | Prayer Time Break

13:00 - 13:20 | Demands of the Digital Age

Digitization as an enabler of socio-economic innovation and disruption in the telecoms/ICT industry

13:20 - 14:20 | Panel 3: Market Realities & Regulatory Framework Modernization

Topics of Discussion

  • Evolving regulatory roles in view of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs
  • Spectrum harmonization in view of 5G and regional digital transformation needs
  • Strategic components of an ideal spectrum policy for the region
  • OTT impact on operators’ business

14:20 - 14:25 | Closing

Closing remarks and brief closing ceremony

14:25 | Lunch - End of Session

Regulatory Summit 2017 - Speakers

Dr. Khaled Biyari
Group CEO
Saudi Telecom Company
Brahima Sanou
ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau
Bocar A. BA
SAMENA Telecommunications Council
Marc Furrer
Swiss Federal Communications Commission [2005-2016]
Dr. Gregg Rowley
Vice President Corporate Strateg
Saudi Telecom Company
Fouad Halawi
Virgin Mobile KSA
Bruce Weinelt
Head of Digital Transformation
World Economic Forum
Steven Plimsoll
Chief Digital & Data Officer
Dr. Andrew Arowojolu
Chief Regulatory Officer
Zain Group
Noel Kirkaldy
Business Development, Public Sector, Advanced Mobile Network Solutions
Zyad Mohammad Al-Khwaiter
General Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Philippe Defraigne
Cullen International
Bahjat El-Darwiche