The 1st E-Waste Management Forum for the Arab States concluded its work yesterday on a note of optimism and wisdom. Jointly organized by the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and ITU under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Tarek Kamel, Egyptian Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, the meeting aimed at bringing together all stakeholders in the field of management of E-Waste, e.g. the management of end-of-life ICT products such as computers, phones and other electronic devices. Taking the opening address of the Director of BDT as an inspiring message, the Forum ended with the launch of a multi-stakeholder partnership on E-Waste (MSPEW). MSPEW first priorities will be capacity building, in particular for the youth, and developing a proper business model for private sector companies in the field of collection, refurbishing and recycling of ICT products. The ITU offered its collaboration and guidance on thefinal definition of the terms of refernce of the Partnership.
Cairo, Egypt 11/02/2009