The Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) announced today the election of Ahmed Mekky, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Bridge International (GBI), an international private fiber optic cable company, to its Board of Governors. The three year term highlights the growing relevance of Middle East connectivity in the Pacific market.
“I am honored to have the trust of those industry leaders who elected me to the PTC Board of Governors,” commented Mr. Mekky. “I will continue to strive towards a stronger and constructive dialogue between the telecoms industry in the Middle East and the rest of the countries that are represented by the PTC. The Middle East is one of Asia’s fastest growing telecoms market, as well as a key route for communications from East to West.”
PTC is a leading organization promoting the advancement and commercial use of information and communication technologies, services, policies and knowledge to benefit its global members and countries of the Asia Pacific. Mr. Mekky serves on the Board as the first CEO of a company from the Middle East, representing GBI’s interests and presence in the Asia Pacific region. He is accompanied on the board by senior executives from the world’s leading companies.
As CEO of GBI, Mr. Mekky has built up an extensive network of contacts with leaders and senior decision makers within telecom operators, regulators and Government leaders across the Middle East region. He will utilize these contacts and relationships to raise awareness of the PTC in the region and stimulate greater participation.
Outside of GBI, Mr. Mekky plays an active role in the global telecoms industry. He is the co-chair of the SAMENA Subsea Working Group, and was recently listed amongst Global Telecoms Business’ power 100.
In Egypt, Mr. Mekky was recently appointed to the board of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, ITIDA, which is the executive IT arm of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, MCIT.
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About Gulf Bridge International
Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is a private company dedicated to connecting all the nations of the Gulf region to one another and to the rest of the world, using the latest fiber optic technologies. The GBI cable will be developed and owned by GCC investors who are building this strategic infrastructure to serve the entire region. GBI intends to be the carrier’s carrier of choice for traffic to and from the Gulf, facilitating social and economic growth in the region. GBI’s cable system will provide telecom operators and other communications companies, both in the region and globally, with greater choice, value, diversity and resilience. For more information, please visit www.gbiinc.com
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About Pacific Telecommunications Council
Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) is an international community of members from more than 60 nations with a shared vision to promote the development and use of telecommunications and information and communication technologies to enhance the lives of people living in the Pacific Hemisphere. The Council is the leading membership organization for telecommunications professionals with interests in the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information, please visit www.ptc.org.