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TRA opens Twitter channel for interaction with public
By Mohan Vadayar April 20, 2012
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DUBAI: The UAE’s government sector has opened a new channel for social networking and promoting public co-operation through on-line Twitter interaction with a top government official.

Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim held interaction with the general public from 12pm to 1pm on Wednesday.

The interaction, the first of its kind in the UAE government sector, was “in line with the principles of transparency and eParticipation between the public and officials for the implementation of the principles set by our leadership aiming at keeping the doors of Rulers and officials open to the public,” Al Ghanim said after an hour of Tweeting.

This will help governmental entities to spread transparency in the governmental work, he added.

The hour-long session was organised at Al Morooj Hotel in Dubai by the Government Communication Network of the General Secretariat of the cabinet and was attended by Directors of Government Communication Network.

Commenting on the event, Al Ghanim said: “The session was in line with the TRA’s keenness to brief the public about its tasks and the role in the UAE information and communication technology (ICT) sector and in line with the principles of transparency and eParticipation between the public and officials.”

The TRA represented by Al Ghanim presented the way to deal with the public through social networks. The interactive live session went smoothly and was a success, and directors of Government Communication Network took notes on how to respond to questions and enquiries and the ways to deal with social networks.

The directors commended the session and its activities and were encouraged to start similar interaction with the public in their respective governmental entities.

Most of the directors called for convening such sessions in a way that promotes social networking in governmental entities and contributes to transparency in government work.
 

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