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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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Preface

The main role of the Connect Arab Summit is to enable all stakeholders from across the Arab world to work at regional level in order to strengthen cooperation and coordination with a view to formulating joint projects and Arab initiatives designed to employ the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the service of sustainable development. There are infrastructure development projects which will make universal access a reality and improve the quality of services for Arab citizens. There are projects to integrate Arab networks and increase levels of data and systems protection to build confidence and security in the use of ICT. Other projects are concerned with the enrichment of Arab digital content, while others seek to create an appropriate climate to release the creative and innovative potential of Arab youth, enabling Arab products to compete in world markets.

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