Within the efforts made to keep abreast of the digital transformation and laying a solid base towards the creation of a sound legal and regulatory environment, the Sultanate of Oman, represented in the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), and in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) hosted the third regional workshop and the third meeting on internet policies from 6 to 7 November 2019 in Muscat. This event is complementary to the previous workshops and meeting held between governments and all the relevant stakeholders to discuss issues of mutual interest relating to the internet.

The workshop addressed a number of important internet issues such as shifting from IPv4 to IPv6 edition, the best practices and practical experiments in IXPs, highlighting the role of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), discussing the encryption techniques and reviewing the latest updates on cloud services and data centers.

The meeting also took note of the preparedness of the internet infrastructure in the region and reviewed the proposed guidelines relating to the safety and confidentiality of the services provided over the internet and discussed other relevant issues of ICT sector.

The workshop was inaugurated by H.E Dr. Hamad Bin Salim Al-Rawahy, the Executive President of TRA, while Engineer Mohammed Al-Kindi, the executive manager of TRA Regulatory & Compliance Unit delivered TRA speech and welcomed the guests saying that the event comes within the context of enriching the cognitive, technical and consultative aspects for all the stakeholders as part of the ongoing endeavors to cope with ‘the Digital Transformation’ that aims to move to new horizons and innovative business models that are based on creative digital technologies to invent products, services and applications. This requires the foundation of a solid base to create a sound legal and regulatory environment whereby all the challenges are identified and addressed and solutions are sought for all the issues of common interest relating to the internet in an open dialogue that ensures the necessary strides are taken to achieve the digital transformation in the Arab world in a thoughtful manner. Mr. Al-Kindi extended words of thanks and praise to the attendees and hailed the continuous cooperation between TRA and ISOC wishing success to the workshop and the meeting and hoping the outcome will be conducive to achieving the goals targeted by the ICT sector.