Connect Arab Summit 2012
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Connect Arab Summit 2012

ICT for Sustainable Development: Projects and Initiatives

The Connect Arab Summit builds on the success of two such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007 and Connect CIS 2009. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS), and is hosted by Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ICTQatar, comes at an opportune time. First, the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which was held from 24 May to 4 June 2010 in Hyderabad, India adopted the Hyderabad Action Plan. The Action Plan adopted five Arab States Regional Initiatives which are intended to address specific telecommunication/ information and communication technology (ICT) priority areas, through partnerships and resource mobilization to implement small, medium and large scale projects. These prioirity areas are Broadband Access Networks, Digital Broadcasting, Open-Source Software, Arab Digital Content and Cybersecurity.

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Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been playing a critical role in improving the socioeconomic development by extending government services such as health, education, safety and security, finance, transport, and other services to citizens. For e-Health in particular, Arab medical universities and hospitals could provide continuing medical education and health expert services to remote hospitals and universities. Through the use of mobile phones, the quality and quantity of healthcare in rural areas and the capacity of community health workers and midwives can be enhanced.