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THE SUMMIT

ITU is organizing the Connect CIS Summit with partners from 26-27 November 2009 in Minsk, Belarus. The Summit, which is expected to bring together some 400 participants and will attract leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States* (CIS) and neighbouring States, governments, industry and financial institutions, will be hosted by the President of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Alexander Lukashenko.

As the UN specialized agency for information communication technology, ITU will stage this major ICT event as part of its Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015.

Summit Objectives

The overall objective of the Connect CIS is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to support a rapid, region-wide transition to digital infrastructure and services, widely recognized as the engine of future employment, economic growth and social and economic development.

The Summit will offer a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional financing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships.

The Summit will feature high-level discussion panels and networking sessions, focusing on the challenges posed to emerging and transition economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. Major commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges.

Summit Participants

The Summit will welcome:

  • Heads of State and Government
  • Ministers
  • Chief Executive Officers and senior executives of leading regional and international ICT businesses
  • Heads of regional and international development organizations
  • Senior officials of the United Nations
  • Senior officials of regional and international financial institutions
  • National, regional and global media companies
  • Prominent academics and industry analysts

Summit Partners

The Summit is being organized in partnership with, among others:

  • The Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications
  • The Commonwealth of Independent States Executive Committee
  • The World Bank
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • The European Investment Bank
  • The Islamic Development Bank
  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • The United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development

 

* The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) comprises Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
   


Thanks to our sponsors:
 


Ministry of Communications and
Information Technologies of the
Republic of Azerbaijan


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