The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates will establish an International Centre of Digital Innovation, known as I-CoDI in Geneva by end-2020.
I-CoDI will help ITU members, sector members and other key stakeholders to integrate innovation into their national development agendas and activities. The centre, to be based in Geneva, Switzerland, will also have a virtual component.
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said, “We welcome the decision by the TRA, a long-standing partner of ITU, to establish its future International Centre of Digital Innovation in Geneva. It will help catalyse efforts to turn today’s digital revolution into a development revolution for all.”
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau said, “Innovation has been recognized as a powerful engine for promoting development, addressing socio-economic challenges and increasing the overall competitiveness of countries. I look forward to working closely with the TRA to establish I-CoDI and contributing to the development of innovation strategies to accelerate digital transformation and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the TRA, said, “This experience reflects the success of innovation and creativity policies pursued by the UAE, which resulted in hundreds of projects and initiatives that contributed to achieving the UAE’s leading position in innovation. The UAE is no longer a country that imports ideas, but rather a source of innovation and success in various sectors.”
I-CoDI builds on CoDI, the Centre of Digital Innovation (CoDI) launched by the UAE in 2013, as part of the UAE’s efforts in digital transformation and enhancing the digital journey of the UAE citizens and Government, through research, innovation, education, training, skills development, quality assurance and of advisory services.