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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ITU's Connect Arab Summit in Doha, Qatar from 5-7 March 2012 will bring together top government leaders and ICT experts from the region and beyond to develop strategies to drive broadband deployment. They will also look to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources needed to bridge the digital divide in countries right across the Arab world.