Connect Arab Summit 2012
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ITU Focal Point

  • Sandrine GUYOT

 

 

 

PRIVATE SECTOR

Summit Private Sector Objectives:

 

  • Define the role of private sector entities in the preparation and implementation of Summit outcomes
  • Identify Private Sector entities to be engaged in the Summit process

 

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PROPOSED C-ARB PROJECTS
Private Sector (WG6)
Short Name Beneficiary Countries Project Timeframe Description
Arab Innovation Exchange Network Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen 2012-2014 In a global, knowledge-based economy, organizations cannot innovate by themselves only; they need to connect actively with new technologies, new products, new insights and new opportunities for growth from external sources, and across boundaries. The Innovation exchange network will employ a model which combines technology, people, and process in delivering new business opportunities based on organizations’ strategic needs. 2 main components need to be developed to establish the network: Intermediaries: those Intermediaries are a team of creative, technically skilled, and PhD or Masters qualified professionals, trained to seek collaborative opportunities across diverse fields of industry. They will be embedded into organizations to understand its technology or other capabilities, and strategic intents that require external collaboration. This will identify gaps and opportunities that are aligned to the organization goals. An On-line Secure storage of information: that will allow Intermediaries in the Arab region to collaborate and identify areas of collaboration among Arab countries. the Intermediaries will collaborate within the Innovation exchange network, sharing information, researching and analyzing technology, gathering market intelligence and searching for opportunities for business connections. Such connections can be established to improve internal efficiency or to open new doors and opportunities externally. Once a connection is identified, Intermediaries will assist the organization to directly engage with the other party using an appropriate step-wise disclosure process. It is also suggested to organize a regional conference on yearly bases to increase foster innovation and collaboration among Arab counties based on the opportunities and challenges identified by the Intermediaries throughout the year.
Arab PKI forum Region : Arab States 2012-2014 The new digital economy presents a great number of new employability opportunities which presents a crucial need with high priority in the Arab countries. In fact, considering their low requirement in investment, the increasing Internet penetration rates in the Arab region and the unbounded accessible international markets, the e-services and e-applications present real opportunities for the Arab citizens to develop their own business and value creation. Nowadays, e-commerce is becoming a key driving force and an indicator of the development status of national and international economy. According to international reports, the number of countries adhering to e-commerce is on the rise, and the value of the related on-line transactions is continuously increasing. This project is executed by the Arab ICT Organization (AICTO), a technical organization of the League of Arab States, with the assistance of its relevant members from the public and private sector.
Capacity building of start ups in Elgazala Technopark   - Capacity building of Statup in the Elgazala Incubator and regional cyberparcs in Tunisia .Tunisian arab Partnership
Dematerialization of cultural heritage and paperless means for promoting tourism   2012-2014 - Dematerialization of cultural heritage is one of the priorities under the action of Tunisian Ministry of Culture -Scanning is a way to access national and international privileged Tunisian culture and is a tool for cultural diversity. -This project is also envisaged as part of the encouragement and support for an alternative tourism to low cost tourism This project involves following priorities: • Museums • Mosaics • Archaeological Sites • Cultural Tours (Saharan tourism, thematic tourism, etc. ..)
Digital Broadcasting Switchover & Mobile TV introduction in the Arab Region Region : Arab States 2012-2014 Digital broadcasting switchover : In few years television services in all developed countries will go completely digital, the old analogue television signal will be switched off and viewers will need to convert or upgrade their TV equipment to receive digital signals, whether through their aerial, by satellite, cable or broadband. The main objective of this part of the project is to set up a master plan for “Broadcasting Digital Switchover” that will enable Arab countries to decide whether, how and when to proceed to digital switchover, replacing analogue television and radio in the Arab region by digital transmission and to help for a smooth Digital TV and Radio switchover. Mobile TV : The objective of this component of the project is to study the potential of mobile television in the Arab region, increase the awareness of key policy-makers on the potential of mobile television, and to provide advice on the key technical, policy and regulatory requirements to be put in place by countries in the Arab region to develop both mobile television and mobile radio.
ICT 2.0 - Sector Development and Competitiveness Engine Jordan 2012-2015 Starting with the REACH initiative in 1999, the ICT Sector in Jordan has been developing as a major economic growth engine for the country with approximately 14% contribution to the GDP and more than 80,000 jobs in total employment. The ICT Sector is leading Jordan’s transformation into knowledge-based economy and society. Similar to other industries affected by the late financial crisis, and recently with the regional instability, that has slowed down the growth of our companies, ICT is still seen as a major driver to accelerate economic growth. Accordingly, four main pillars were identified as major enablers and triggers for sector growth and development that need to be framed under one program to run over 3 years to assist in boosting the sector development, reposition our industry as the regional hub and leader in ICT, stabilize and enable the growth and sustainability of our companies in the near future, and assist preparing them to face other challenges and effectively seize new opportunities. The four pillars upon which this concept is being formulated include a fundamental element for our sector’s growth; Human Resources, aiming at creating a reliable and sustainable pool of resources that will enhance employment rates, and will maintain the Jordanian resources’ edge known for their unique technical capabilities. Another pillar is Export Development, aiming at increasing regional markets penetration, enhancing our companies/ products positioning & visibility, and enabling sector scalability. In addition, developing Sector IP & Innovation through the diffusion of ICT in other industries to create an edge in our sector offerings, and to cover regional gaps in certain areas that will create niches lead by Jordanian ICT companies, and through capturing existing IP & products to be properly packaged for commercialization, which will surely pour into the core of export development and Investments Attraction; as the fourth pillar under the transformational program being discussed herein. Investment Attraction is seen as a main financing channel that will contribute to raising our existing companies’ maturity, exposure, and readiness to compete regionally and internationally. All components mentioned herein have a lot of intersection and all share the requirements and need for assessing market readiness and potential, building sector capacity, raising awareness, Marketing and PR, providing guidelines and consultancy services, and mainly setting certain work standards on sector level to raise maturity, ensure quality and sustainability. The propositions provided hereunder each pillar shall assist in meeting the following objectives: 1. Ensure the availability of a solid echo-system that builds sustainable, ready, qualified and mature companies able to compete regionally and internationally 2. Boost our local industry and develop sector competitiveness and edge 3. Promote and highlight successes as a way to promote the industry 4. Brand sector as the region operations and implementation center; home of innovation and IP 5. Better promote our human capacity and minds
Securing E-Commerce   - Customers trust will increase numbers of transactions on E-Commerce. The project will provide a comprehensive and united security mechanisms to achieve this goal. It will revenue and acoomodate upcoming technologies like NFC (Near Field Communications) and Digital Wallets
The Arab e-Market for Handicrafts and Heritage Region : Arab States - - This e-Market is a web & mobile-based platform that allows craft makers in deprived and marginalized communities to connect with a international marketplace of socially-conscious buyers. - Each shop owner must choose a social responsibility (example, donate with 10% of his/her sales for social cause ‘buy 50 books for students in local school’) - If the craft makers lack the needed technological infrastructure, the project will partner them with social entrepreneurs in their areas. - The project will formulate formal network of representative in some Arab countries to manage the e-market, social responsibilities, and advertising in the local, regional and international level.
The Arab ICT Innovation Award for SMEs Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen 2012-2012 The award will recognize Arab innovations developed by Arab small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Such innovations should go beyond marginal improvements in existing products and services, and have a real added value to their target customers, as well as have a social or economic impact. The innovation could be product, service, business model or process innovation. The purpose of this award is to create a culture that celebrates innovation and recognizes key achievements. The award is rewarded in 2 levels. National Level where each Arab country participating in this award is executing a competition on its county level, then top 3 winners on each county are participating in the finals on the Arab region level. The award will raise awareness of ICT and its positive benefits for the Arab countries. Although a small cash prize may be appropriate, the real benefit for recipients is positive publicity and recognition of their efforts. It would also raise awareness of what ICT does the type of people that are involved in entrepreneurship, and potentially create role models that people entering the workforce may aspire to emulate. Awards can be a money prize for each winning company. In addition to a Cup to be handled in a celebrating ceremony covered by media channels, a short movie can be developed for each winning company for promoting its successful innovation experience. Also the employee who was the key driver behind the innovation can be awarded finally the innovation responsible team can be awarded recognition medals.
The Future Vision of Intelligent Mobility and Smart Urban Planning in Arabia Region : Arab States - Intelligent Mobility ( includes Intelligent Transport systems and Services(ITS) + Smart Urban planning) is very important for the Arab region particularly as we are building the communication and ICT standards and infrastructure. We propose to develop a Strategy that ensures the deployment of sustainable, integrated, cost effective Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) that supports a growing economy and takes advantage of rapid changes in Transport Technology. To establishes the: -principle ITS standards & specifications -roadmap for sustainable implementation of future green and multimodal ITS by considering combined Transport & Built Environment