Road safety in focus at WTISD 2013 celebrations

Muscat - 

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2013 was celebrated recently at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel, a press release stated.

Organised by the Information Technology Authority (ITA), Ministry of Transport and Communication, and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in cooperation with ROP, the celebration was held under the patronage of Major General Abdullah bin Ali al Harthy, chairman of the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance, and in the presence of Dr Salim al Ruzaiqi, ITA’s CEO, and other government officials.

The purpose of WTISD is to help raise awareness on the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to societies and economies and the ways to bridge digital divide.

‘The 17th of May each year marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).’

ITU adopted 'ICTs and Improving Road Safety' as this year’s theme.

A recent report released by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon showed that 1.3mn people die each year in road-related accidents and another 20-50mn people are injured, mainly in developing countries.

Speaking on behalf of ITA, Omar Salim al Shanfari, deputy CEO for infrastructure and e-services, emphasised on the importance of this year’s theme, saying, “This year the theme of the WTISD touches an important issue in our community. We are very keen to highlight the possibilities offered by modern technology to provide road safety and change the negative image among segments in our society of ICT being the root cause of road accidents.”

An exhibition organised at Muscat City Centre the same day had many entertainment shows and competitions designed to inform visitors and those interested in ICT of the appropriate use of new technologies to secure their lives.

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