Arab ICT Summit to promote inter-governmental cooperation
More than 250 high-profile delegates from over 20 Arab countries will convene in Dubai on October 12, 2002, to take part in the Arab Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit, which will be held under the auspices of the Arab League and organized by Emirates Media Inc. and Dubai Internet City (DIC).
The 19 speakers at the Summit will include ministers from the Arab World as well as high-level government officials and prominent business leaders. “The Summit will point to the positive role that inter-governmental cooperation can play in boosting ICT development in the Arab World,” said Ahmad Bin Byat, director general of Dubai Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone Authority.
Speakers at the Summit will be leading ICT officials and experts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Syria. They will provide an ICT overview as well as propose practical, real world solutions to the problems confronting the region's ICT industry.
“This Summit is the first forum in the Arab region that addresses the critical role of government in promoting Information and Communication Technology development. We already have the support of key players in the region's ICT industry, and are happy to welcome Microsoft, Cisco and IBM as the main sponsors of the Summit,” DIC CEO Omar Bin Sulaiman said.
Dubai Internet City (DIC) provides a Knowledge Economy Ecosystem that is designed to support the business development of ICT companies. It is the Middle East's biggest IT infrastructure, built inside a free trade zone and has the largest commercial Internet Protocol Telephony system in the world. DIC is a strategic base for companies targeting emerging markets in a vast region extending from the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent, and Africa to the CIS countries.
In line with Dubai 's liberal economic policies and regulations, DIC offers foreign companies 100 percent tax-free ownership, 100 percent repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, easy registration and licensing, stringent cyber regulations, protection of intellectual property.
Global companies who have established a presence at DIC include Microsoft, Oracle, HP, IBM, Compaq, Dell, Siemens, Canon, Logica, Sony Ericsson and Cisco, to name just a few. These companies represent a community of over 5,500 knowledge workers. — (menareport.com)
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