Connect Arab Summit 2012
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Summit Programme

BUILD. INNOVATE. EMPOWER.

With the deployment of information and communication technologies (ICT) networks and services, the right to communicate is gaining ground day by day and becoming a reality. However, it must be complemented by the opportunity to be educated and employable, the opportunity to access the job market and/or to create one's own enterprise, the opportunity to contribute to the development the economy and wealth of the region, and to receive its associated fruits.

ICTs are also the driver allowing such opportunities to become reality. Proper ICT infrastructures, services and applications are also a "must-have" to succeed in today's globalized economy. ICTs are the underlying enabler for socio-economic development.

The purpose of the Connect Arab Summit is to mobilize resources and engage all stake-holders to achieve these goals: BUILD the Arab Region ICT Highway; INNOVATE and open the market to local entrepreneurs, in particular the Youth; EMPOWER all citizens of the Arab Region, through education, knowledge, and access to information

 citizens of the Arab Region, through education, knowledge, and access to information.

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Session Speaker Organisation Contribution(s)
Monday, 5 March

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER MEETING


09:00 - 12:00 / room Salwa 2+3

Purpose:
The purpose of this Session is to review the projects and the partnership agreements reached in light of the identified priorities and themes, leading to their announcement during the Summit on the Partnership Announcement Platform.

Note – This Session is open to all Summit Stakeholders. Project holders and entities willing to use the Summit as a platform to promote their projects, pledges and partnerships are encouraged to attend the Meeting.


Chair
Dr. Amer AL RAWAS
CEO
Omantel Bio

Drafting Group Meeting


12:00 - 13:00 / room Salwa 2+3

Purpose:

Review the draft Summit Communiqué.

 

Note – This Session is open to representatives of delegations of the Arab States.


Chair
Mrs. Howaida NADIM
Chairman Connect Arab Summit League of Arab States Working Groups
League of Arab States  

YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN CHANGING THEIR TOMORROW


13:00 - 14:30 / room Qitcom Innovation Theatre
This session is not taking place at Sheraton Convention Centre

ENGAGE. PARTICIPATE. CHANGE

Solicite feedback from those who will help shape the future of this fluid and dynamic industry.

If the events of last spring showed us anything, it’s that young people have a desire and right to be included as stakeholders in the process of policy dialogue. Moreover, young people are often the drivers of innovative ICT solutions and are generally more ‘switched on’ than their older counterparts. The panel will focus on the key themes of youth, innovation and the role of technology as an enabler in people’s lives. What kinds of opportunities do ICTs make possible and how can young people today take advantage of these? Are there employment possibilities right now? Are the voices of youth being included in policy making and how can this be encouraged? What kinds of services are being made possible and who is the driving force behind these applications? Why should they consider a career in the industry, and is there room for personal growth? In addition panelists and the audience will be prompted to offer their views on the role of technology in ‘new’ governance. Recently in the Arab region we’ve seen the deconstructive power of technology in bringing about regime change. But regime change is not an end in itself; the end is a free and fair society. Technology has proved effective at helping bring down a system, but what about in the reconstruction process? Is there a role for technology in nation building? Could we reach a stage of ‘Governance 2.0’ where policy and decisions are made in consultation with online audiences? Is it possible to build a free and transparent democracy using the wiki-like approach of crowd-sourcing knowledge, and how far away are we from such a situation?


Moderator
Mr. Doug COURT
International Telecommunication Union  

Panelists
H.E. Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union Bio
H.E. Ms. Sylvia POLL
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative
Office of the United Nations in Geneva (Costa Rica)  
Dr. Joanna RUBINSTEIN
Chief of Staff, Special advisor to Professor Jeffrey Sachs
The Earth Institute at Columbia University Bio
Dr. Haitham DESOKY
Innovator and Entrepreneur
Egypt Bio

Representative of the Young Innovators Programme at Qitcom  

Press Conference


16:30 - 17:30 / room Salwa 2+3

Speakers
H.E. Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union Speech

خطاب

Dr. Mohammed bin Ebrahim AL TWIJRI
Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs
League of Arab States  
H.E. Dr. Hessa AL-JABER
Secretary-General
ictQatar  
H.E. Mr. Brahima SANOU
Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Speech

Summit Ministerial Meeting


17:30 - 18:30 / room Salwa 2+3

Purpose:

The purpose of this meeting is to finalize the Summit Communiqué.

 

Note – This Session is a Meeting of Ministers and Heads of Delegations. It is open to representatives of delegations of the Arab States.


Chair
H.E. Dr. Hessa AL-JABER
Secretary General
ictQatar  
Tuesday, 6 March

Opening Ceremony


10:00 - 12:00 / room Al Dafna

 


OPENING STATEMENTS


Welcome Message
H.E. Dr. Hessa AL-JABER
Secretary-General
ictQatar Speech

Summit Opening Address
H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa AL-THANI
Amir of the State of Qatar
Qatar Speech

Keynote Address
H.E. Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union Speech

Message on behalf of the Arab Delegations to the Summit
H.E. Dr. Nabil ELARABY
Secretary General
League of Arab States خطاب

Introductory Remarks
Prof. Jeffrey SACHS
Director
Earth Institute, Columbia University and Commissioner, Broadband Commission (USA) Bio

POLICY STATEMENTS


H.E. Mr. Omar AL-BASHIR
President
Sudan

خطاب

H.E. Mr. Ikililou DHOININE
President
Union of Comoros Discours
H.E. Marshal Mohamed TANTAWY, President, Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Egypt), represented by H.E. Dr. Mohamed SALEM
Minister
Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Egypt Bio

خطاب


Other Heads of State and Heads of Delegation (to be announced)  
H.E. Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed IBRAHIM
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
African Union Commission  

OPENING DEBATE


Deploying ICTs to Accelerate Economic Growth

ICT deployment aims to achieve high levels of digitization nation-wide – i.e. the mass adoption of connected digital technologies and applications by consumers, enterprises, and governments. As ICT becomes ubiquitous, affordable, reliable and embedded in daily lives, the resulting digital environment starts to develop impacts that are much larger than anticipated. Economically, ICT becomes the precursor of accelerated economic growth, job creation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Socially, ICT also boosts societal wellbeing and improves access to basic services and overall living standards. Governance wise, ICT improves the delivery of government services, and enhances transparency and engagingness in the public domain. It is now clear for policy makers and business leaders that ICT and the resulting digitization has the potential for dramatic economic, social, and political improvements. The challenge now is to translate the opportunities into realities.

Moderator
H.E. Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union  

Panelists
H.E. Mr. Mongi MARZOUG
Minister
Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Tunisia Bio
Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani
Chairman
Qtel, Qatar Bio
Mr. Mohammed OMRAN
Chairman
Etisalat, United Arab Emirates  
Dr. Saad AL-QAHTANI
CEO
Saudi Telecom Bio

Two young innovators selected from the Dialogue with the Next Generation of Leaders  

Setting the Stage


14:30 - 14:40 / room Al Dafna

 


Summit Roundtables Introductory Remarks
H.E. Mr. Brahima SANOU
Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Speech

Roundtable 1


14:45 - 16:00 / room Al Dafna

EDUCATE. CREATE. EMPLOY.

Dismantling the barriers to entry through education, digital literacy, entrepreneurship, and the creation of an Arab ICT industry.

Educating to empower and open access to employment

Observers concur in considering education as a key driver of socio-economic development, innovation, and employment. Like other regions in the world, the Arab region is facing the aspirations of millions of young people of a working age, who remain unemployed and therefore unproductive because they lack the necessary education and skills the market is looking for. Education is key to making people employable. ICTs can facilitate access to information, knowledge and education. Digital literacy is also a must in modern economies. The ICT industry is also a direct creator of jobs. This session will explore both avenues and lay the foundations for the creation of a local ICT industry and of a large education program for the region.

Moderator
H.E. Mr. Moussa BENHAMADI
Minister
Ministry of Post and Information Technologies, Algeria Bio

Presenter
Dr. Cosmas ZAVAZAVA
Head, Projects and Knowledge Management Department, BDT
International Telecommunication Union  

Panelists
Dr. Abdulaziz AL HARGAN
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)  
Mr. Yasser AL-SAIDI
CEO
Education for Employment, Yemen Bio
Mr. Jeffrey Michael AVINA
Director
Citizenship and Community Affairs, Microsoft, Middle East & Africa Bio
Mr. Jassem NASSER
Vice President Corporate Affairs and Business Development
Thuraya  
Dr. Reza JAFARI
Chairman and CEO
E-Development International  
Mr. Jim LACEY
President and CEO
Linux Professional Institute, USA Bio
Mr. Chris LOCKE
Director
GSMA Development Fund  

Roundtable 2


16:15 - 17:30 / room Al Dafna

HARMONIZE. BUILD. ACCESS.

Developing a strong regional ICT network, through the harmonization of regulatory policies, the launch of the Arab Regional Digital Plan, and the access for all to networks, services, information, and knowledge.

Harmonizing policies to attract investment

Investing in ICTs and building a modern and effective ICT infrastructure is key to socio-economic development. The economies of the region have the opportunity to deploy new and innovative technologies, and to roll out broadband networks, both fixed-line and mobile, to boost their potential and attractiveness. However, modern infrastructures demand heavy investments. Harmonization of policies and regulatory approaches is therefore key to leverage investment and realize economies of scale. This session will explore how to attract investment to harvest the benefits of a modern broadband infrastructure

Moderator
H.E. Mr. François RANCY
Director, Radiocommunication Bureau
International Telecommunication Union  

Presenter
Mr. Mario MANIEWICZ
Head, Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Background Document on Access and Infrastructure
Executive Summary on Access and Infrastructure

Panelists
H.E. Mr. Azdine El Mountassir BILLAH
Directeur Général
Agence nationale de rglementation des tlcommunications (ANRT), Morocco  
Mr. Faris AWARTANI
Chairman
FTTH Council MENA Bio
Mr. Doyle GALLEGOS
Lead ICT Specialist
The World Bank Bio
Ms. Gabrielle GAUTHEY
Senior Executive Vice-President
Global Government & Public Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent Bio
Mr. Peter PITSCH
VP
Regulatory Affairs, Intel  
Mr. Peter RIEDEL
Executive Vice-President
Rohde & Schwarz  
Wednesday, 7 March

Roundtable 3


10:00 - 11:15 / room Al Dafna

COOPERATE. SECURE. PROTECT.

Developing a regional cybersecurity plan on the basis of enhanced international cooperation, with a view to building trust in networks and service and to guaranteeing hardware and software infrastructure security and individual protection, in particular for the child.

Secure to navigate with confidence

The knowledge economy is centred on data and information. A simple personal computer, purchased for a few hundred dollars, might be worth billions of dollars because of the data stored in it. A growing number of individuals, companies and administrations are also using the virtually unlimited power of cloud computing to store, archive, access and retrieve employees’, customers’ and providers’ information. Modern economies would simply not survive if networks, servers, software and data were not secure. Cybersecurity is probably the biggest challenging facing businesses, administrations, governments and citizens alike in the twenty-first century.

Moderator
Mr. Khalid AL HASHIMI
Executive Director
Cybersecurity, ictQatar Bio

Presenter
Dr. Yury GRIN
Deputy Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Background Document on Trust and Security
Executive Summary on Trust and Security

Message on Child Online Protection
H.E. Mrs. Laura CHINCHILLA
President, Costa Rica
Patron, Child Online Protection
Costa Rica  

Panelists
H.E. Mr. Mohamed AL GHANIM
Director General
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), UAE Bio
Mr. Datuk Mohd Noor AMIN
Chairman
International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats, IMPACT Bio
Mr. Roger CRESSEY
Senior Vice President
Trust and Security, Booz Allen Hamilton  
Dr. Sherif HASHEM
Chairman
ITU Council Working Group on Child-Online Protection Bio
Eng. Badar Ali Said AL-SALEHI
Chairman
CERT, Oman Bio
Mr. John SANDAGE
Director, Division for Treaty Affairs
United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  

Roundtable 4


11:45 - 13:00 / room Al Dafna

IMAGINE. DIGITAL. CULTURE.

New electronic media often rely on imported software and applications as well as internationalized content. The new digital era offers an opportunity to develop local and Arabic content and culture, to benefit from the associated new jobs.

Creating locally, thinking internationally

Imbalances in digital literacy create imbalances in design, deployment and consumption of local content and culture. The deployment of digital networks, services and applications must be considered at all levels of society as a means to empower individuals, citizens, local, regional and national communities, as well as businesses to develop their digital articulation and the associated local content and digital culture. ICTs offer the channel to create content locally and spread it internationally, in an era when idiosyncratic distances have replaced spatiotemporal distances.

Moderator
Mr. Hosam EL SOKKARI
Head of Audience
Yahoo! Middle East Bio

Presenter
Mr. Ebrahim AL-HADDAD
Regional Director for the Arab States
International Telecommunication Union Background Document on Digital Content
Executive Summary on Digital Content

Panelists
H.E. Ms. Suvi LINDÉN
former Minister of the Government of Finland and Special Envoy to the Broadband Commission
Finland Bio
Dr. Mohamed ALKODSY
Deputy Director General
ALECSO  
Dr. Adnan ABU-DAYYA
Executive Director (CEO)
QU Wireless Innovations Center (QUWIC) Bio
Mr. Mubarak Mohammed AHMED
Director General, National Information Center (NIC)
Sudan  
Dr. Fathi SALEH
Founder and Emeritus Director
CULTNAT, Egypt Bio
Mr. Osman SULTAN
CEO
DU (UAE)  

Roundtable 5


14:30 - 16:00 / room Al Dafna

YOUTH. INNOVATION. ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Fostering job creation through the provision of incentives to entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of ICTs, or using ICTs as an underlying infrastructure. Developing locally the new digital value chain, with special attention to young digitally articulate entrepreneurs.

Thinking the present to create the future

In a broadband world, creativity and imagination are the limit. Technology is no longer an issue. In many countries, and particularly in the developing world, youth creativity is frustrated because of the lack of access to up-to-date technologies and communication channels. While the human cost is high, the opportunity cost is even higher. The energy, creativity, intelligence of the new generations is lost, while it could easily be put at the service of the whole community. This session will explore the power of ICTs to help youth deploy its full potential, by innovation, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

Moderator
Mr. Jeremy FOSTER
Head of Marketing, Government and Industry Relations
Ericsson  

Presenter
Mr. Karim BOUSSAID
Head, Innovation and Partnership Department, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Background Document on Innovation
Executive Summary on Innovation

Panelists
H.E. Mr. Mohamed OULD KHOUNA
Ministère délégué auprès du Ministre d'Etat à l'Education nationale, chargé de l'Emploi, de la Formation professionnelle et des Nouvelles Technologies
Mauritania  
H.E. Ms. Sylvia POLL
Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative
Office of the United Nations in Geneva (Costa Rica)  
Mr. Thomas WILSON
CEO and Managing Director
SAMENA Bio
Mrs. Khedija Hamouda GHARIANI
Secretary General
Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization, (AICTO) Bio
Dr. Haitham DESOKY
Innovator and Entrepreneur
Egypt Bio
Mr. Ahmed EISA
Gedaref Digital City Organization (GDCO), Sudan Bio

Representatives of the Youth Innovation Programme  

Closing Session


16:30 - 17:30 / room Al Dafna

ENGAGE. COMMIT. ACT.

Connect Arab Summit is not only about debating the present and devising the future. It is also about engagement, commitment and action of all stakeholders involved.

Speakers
H.E. Eng. Basem ROUSAN
Minister
Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Jordan السيرة الذاتية

خطاب

H.E. Acad. Ali ABBASOV
Minister, Ministry of Communications and IT Azerbaijan and Commissioner, Broadband Commission
Azerbaijan Speech
H.E. Mr. Mohamed ABDULKADIR
Minister
Ministry of Communications, Somalia Speech
H.E. Mr. Brahima SANOU
Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Speech
H.E. Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union Speech
H.E. Dr. Hessa AL-JABER
Secretary General
ictQatar