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 Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company yesterday announced an agreement to provide portable satellite terminals to assist countries in disaster mitigation and relief. The agreement comes in response to a call to the ITU during the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC) held in Doha in March, to develop such an emergency telecommunications systems.

In the light of a spate of natural disasters and calamities in recent times, the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06) meeting in Doha in March 2006 called upon ITU to develop ICT-based solutions in emergency telecommunications directed at improving early-warning communication, disaster preparedness and mitigation.

This is a critical area of concern especially for countries with fragile economies and special needs, such as least developed countries and small island developing states.

For more information, go to The Peninsula on-line, Qatar's leading English daily at http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=July2006&file=Local_News2006071191841.xml