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Connect Arab Summit 2012

ICT for Sustainable Development: Projects and Initiatives

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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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Acknowledgment

Connecting the Arab World: Projects and Initiatives was prepared as an input document for the Connect Arab Summit (Doha, Qatar, 5 - 7 March 2012). The publication was prepared by the Project Support and Knowledge Management Department within the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU, in coordination with the ITU Arab Regional Office and other Departments in the BDT. Project proposals were submitted by ITU Member States from the Arab Region, ITU staff who developed documents in line with the Regional Initiatives for the Arab region that were adopted by the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010), and by other development partners.

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