Eye on ICT in the MENA – With Over 65 Prominent Speakers from Across the Globe

Published September 27th, 2010 - 04:08 GMT

The Information Technology Association of Jordan (Int@j) today announced the keynote speakers for the MENA ICT Forum™ 2010, which is to be held in Jordan under the Patronage of King Abdullah II on October 10 and 11, 2010. Widely considered one of the Region’s foremost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information and Communications Technology Enabled Services (ICTES) industry events, the 2010 Forum will present over 65 distinguished speakers from leading private and public ICT and ICTES entities from around the globe, who will convene in Amman to deliberate the MENA regions most current and pressing ICT and ICTES concerns.  

The two-day forum, which will host over 500 ICT and ICTES leaders, stakeholders, authorities and entrepreneurs, will take place at the Business Park in Amman, and will be held with the support of Gold Partners - EMC, Orange, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Umniah, and Zain.

Mr. Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon.com, Mr. Stanislas de Bentzmann, CEO of Devoteam Group, and Mr. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco will enrich the event with keynote speeches, bringing to the forefront their global insight and expertise, and setting the pace for what promises to be one of the most comprehensive and exciting assemblies of the year. 

Speaking on behalf of Int@j, Mr. Aiman Mazahreh, Chairman of Int@j said, “We are extremely pleased to have successfully attracted leading regional and international companies and industry stakeholders to our doorstep, to introduce them to our industry’s realities from Jordan, and also to invite them to collaborate and advance together. Our keynote speakers are evidence of the promise our region holds for the future of ICT and ICTES industries across the globe. This forum comes as a testament to our confidence that valuable networks and partnerships will result from this event, and will impact numerous businesses, thus reflecting positively on the industry and region as a whole.”

Mr. Mazahreh went on to add, "As an association, we are fully aware of the issues and concerns that have arisen in the ICT industry vis-à-vis global economic challenges, and we have worked tirelessly to produce such an interesting and wealthy agenda for this year’s forum.  It is with the invaluable support of our Gold Partners that we have put together such an ambitious and impressive event, and I would like to express my gratitude to them today.”

On their part, and commenting on the valuable support to be provided through these partnerships, the Forum’s Gold Partners came forth with the following messages:

From EMC, Mr. Habib Mahakian, Regional Director for North Gulf, Levant & Pakistan Area said, “We are extremely pleased to be part of this very important regional event, and look forward to taking part in the lively and enriching discussions that will take place. Strong economies thrive on advanced information infrastructures; this is why at EMC we strongly believe in the power of information and we’re happy to take part in the MENA ICT Forum as an important platform for the exchange of Information Technology expertise where we will be keen to share the benefits of the next generation information infrastructure and its impact on businesses.”

“At Orange Jordan, and alongside our colleagues and partners at the MENA ICT Forum, we have a shared and aligned vision for the growth of the ICT sector, both locally and regionally”, said Mrs. Nayla Khawam, Orange CEO. “We trust that our involvement in supporting the Forum will play an instrumental role in its success, and we are honored to be partners in such an essential collaborative arena for debate on the future of this key economic sector”, she added.

Also commenting on their support for the event, Dr. Salvino Salvaggio, ICT Research Director at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) stated, “At QSTP, we provide strategic vision and technical direction that help organizations develop and commercialize their technologies, and we aim, through this laudable platform to share our experience in Qatar with our colleagues from the Region and beyond. Our involvement in this event underlines Qatar Science & Technology Park’s unyielding resolve towards the promotion, advancement and growth of ICT and ICTES industries in our part of the world.”

Sharing his views on the opportunities presented by the Forum, Mr. Omar Omoush, Umniah’s Director of Marketing said, “The MENA ICT Forum presents a unique opportunity for deliberations and collaborations across relevant sectors. As regional ICT sectors continue to grow, our focus must be directed towards the partnerships and alliances that we can build to address the industry’s challenges, and support it to continue to move forward.  Information and communication technologies are a driving force for our economy; as such, we at Umniah pledge our unwavering support to this promising event.”   

Noting Zain’s partnership with Int@j and the Forum, Zain’s CEO Dr. Abdul Malek Al Jaber said, “Today, we are witnessing momentous growth in the local and international telecommunications market, which is becoming all the more connected with the Information Technology sector. Our partnership with the Forum comes as part of our commitment to nurturing the development of mobile applications and content from their current early stages in the region to the very latest in the world of mobile technologies. We believe that content is the future, and have focused our strategy for next year on developing content based services, including M-Commerce, and on launching advanced technologies applications such as HSPA+”.

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