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9th November 2023

IIC MENA Chapter Casablanca meeting – in person

Chapter event

Date: Thursday 9 November 2023
Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Digital Ecosystem: Evolving Policy and Regulation

This one-day event will enable the opportunity for attendees to discuss some of the most challenging issues the industry is currently facing in the region.

Digital ecosystems, often informed by a knowledge of natural ecosystems, are distributed, adaptive, open socio-technical systems with properties of self-organization, scalability and sustainability.  Such a network of online actors and resources will create value for each other within the ecosystem.

Creating a policy framework for and the regulation of digital ecosystems presents a complex and challenging task that requires balancing the interests of different stakeholders, fostering innovation and competition, protecting consumers and data privacy, ensuring security and resilience and promoting social and economic development.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to regulating digital ecosystems, as different contexts require different solutions.  However, some common principles and best practices can guide policymakers and regulators in designing and implementing effective and adaptive regulatory frameworks for the digital ecosystems which are so vital for the economies of the future.

Giving a North African flavour to the MENA Chapter, this event will feature regional stakeholders – both public and private sector – and through a selection of keynotes, panels and presentations provide insights on the challenges, opportunities and solutions relating to digital policy and regulation.  It aims to cover topics such as regulatory governance and modernization, infrastructure investment, coverage, data protection and emerging technologies such as Mobile Financial Services.


Registration Fees for delegates

Tuesday 21 February 2023
IIC MENA Chapter Inaugural Event

IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £67 GBP (excluding VAT*) 
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only

If you feel the delegate fee may be a barrier to attending this event, please contact us at

The IIC will be pleased to provide a letter of invitation on request, but visas will be the responsibility of the event attendee.


The Chapter event venue is also offering a special hotel room rate:

The St. Regis Doha Hotel (Katara)
Al Khafji St
Doha West Bay
Doha, Qatar, 14435
Tel: +974 4446 0000
Please see here for the hotel website

800 QR: Single Room
900 QR: Double Room

To book please click below:

Book your group rate for IIC MENA Chapter 2023 Qatar

Please quote the reference Code: IIC MENA CHAPTER when making your room booking to secure the special room rate.

The IIC accepts no responsibility for bookings made at any hotels which are listed and recommends that you check out the hotels on the internet before booking.

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The following speaker presentations are available to view for the IIC MENA Chapter Inaugural Event

Lynn Robinson, Director General, International Institute of Communications

Dr Bharat Vagadia, MENA Chapter Chair; Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ooredoo Group

Samah AlSeddiqi, Consumer Awareness & Research Section Head, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA)
Mohammad Abu Shawish, Director, Service Operation Center (SOC), Ooredoo Qatar
Alexandre Serot, Head of Regulatory, Vodafone Qatar

Fuat Tolga Yalcin, Senior Research Manager, IDC
Dikmen Edge, Partner and Head of MENA Region, Axon Partners Group
Vladislat Kilmer, Head of Telco, SAP EMEA South and Bulent Unsal, Cloud Technology Manager, SAP EMEA South
Sheika Noor Al-Thani, International Relations specialist, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA)

Tuesday 9 November 2023

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address (IIC)

Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

09:10 - 09:20 Opening Remarks (Chapter Chair)

Bharat Vagadia, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ooredoo Group

09:20 - 09:30 Opening remarks (Event Host)

Nesrine Roudane, Tamimi

09:30-10:00 Bridging the Digital Divide: Strategies for North Africa
10:00-10:40 Increasing data center investments
10:40-11:10 Coffee / Tea break
11:10-12:00 Evolving regulatory frameworks
12:00-12:45 Infrastructure Investment
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 5G enablement
14:45-15:30 Mobile Financial Services and Digital Finance
15:30-15:45 Coffee / Tea break
15:45-16:15 Digital Economy and Regulatory Modernization Committee: Workplan and update
16:15-16:45 Data Privacy Committee: Workplan and update
16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks

Bharat Vagadia, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Ooredoo Group

Download the agenda (PDF)
Event details
9th November 2023
Casablanca, Morocco
Middle East & Africa
Middle East & North Africa
Onomo Hotel Casablanca City Centre, Angle boulevard Massira & Rue Normandie – 20100 Casablanca, Morocco

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