To provide a platform for a team of CEOs from Irish ICT companies to present business solutions to relevant U.A.E. industry stakeholders, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has hosted an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop. The event, held in conjunction with the Irish Embassy in the U.A.E. and Enterprise Ireland, was attended by TRA divisional heads in addition to Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. "Both the people and governments of the United Arab Emirates and Ireland have long enjoyed a productive association and the success of this event stands as testament to the strength of the bilateral relationship," Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of the TRA, said. "The economic significance of the ICT sector is globally recognised as increasing and so too is the U.A.E.'s role in shaping innovation within it. The U.A.E. is a gateway to ICT and telecommunications development in the region and it is promising that the Irish ICT companies present recognise the opportunity to work collaboratively with both the TRA and the U.A.E. for a prosperous economic future through advanced technology," he added. The event opened with an address from both the Director-General of the TRA and the Irish Minister, which preceded a series of presentations from Irish companies and U.A.E. based stakeholders. The presentations delivered outlined ICT business solutions to the audience gathered with an informal networking session taking place to conclude proceedings. Commenting on the occasion, Richard Bruton said, "Ireland has traditionally been a trade economy with a track record of harnessing the power of technology to advance business. As the nation's ICT regulators, the TRA has unique insight into the inner workings of the sector and the opportunity for our delegation to meet with its representative and access this knowledge is an invaluable one." "This event will certainly aid the efforts of Irish companies seeking to put down roots in the region and be part of an advanced ICT market currently experiencing positive growth. On behalf of the Irish Government, I would like to thank the TRA for their hospitality and state that we look forward to the future of our association with great promise," he added. Representatives from U.A.E. based organisations including du, Etisalat, Thuraya, Al Yah Sat and Access Partnership took part in the workshop. The participating Irish ICT companies included Accuris Networks Ltd.; Cellusys; Daon; DAQS Europe; Digisoft; Escher Group; Ezetop; Jinny Software; Klondike Innovations Limited; MIAGEN; Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd.; Openet and Solgari.